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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams in Context

Robin Williams’ apparent suicide is tragic, but should not be surprising.  An American is more likely to die from suicide than from a car accident.  38,285 people committed suicide in 2011, the most recent year for which data are available. 

Many of these deaths were preventable.  The suicidal impulse is very often fleeting.  Ninety percent of individuals who survive a suicide attempt go on to die of something other than suicide.  Reducing access to lethal means like firearms has been proven to prevent suicide.  I have a law review article currently under submission that would allow for a new way to self-restrict firearm access.  It may not have helped Williams, but it has the potential to help many others.

If you are thinking about hurting yourself, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Posted by Fredrick Vars on August 12, 2014 at 02:17 PM | Permalink


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