Monday, July 7, 2008

How to end suicide: Remove easy methods

Fascinating piece in yesterday's New York Times magazine about how to prevent suicide. The piece cites three data-based examples that lower suicide rates:

  • Shifting British ovens from poisonous coal gas to less harmful natural gas
  • High guard rails on the Golden Gate bridge
  • Fewer guns in homes
The article argues that most suicides are impulsive, and removing easy methods gives individuals more time to think through their actions.

It's worth a read.

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