Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Risk Factors - Suicide prevention

Apparently being male, having guns and being unemployed makes one a threat to yourself and others. At least from this story:
The average number of suicides in a given year in the U.S. is 1,000 to 1,500 according to the Violence Policy Center. Because they have been so rare in the past, the numbers of whole family murder-suicides (familicides) have not been counted and therefore are unknown. Ninety-five percent of all murder-suicides are male-on-female crimes; the majority take place following a threatened break-up by the female wife or partner. According to Jacqueline Campbell who has conducted extensive interviews with the families of victims of domestic homicide, access to guns and male unemployment are key risk factors involved. If suicidal ideation is present, the result likely will be a murder-suicide.

The Economic Factor in the Rash of Murder-Suicides
I at no time minimize the tragedy of suicide or murder-suicide, but using the VPC and then Google as in "Today we have a rash of murder-suicides, as a google search of this topic instantly reveals." makes me wonder if this is a valid study.

You be the judge.

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