Failure in Suicide Prevention in Sweden

Sweden is failing in its efforts at suicide prevention. Over half of people who commit suicide have documented evidence of prior attempts but nothing was done to prevent the effort.

Suicide is among those issues which we humans struggle to resolve. Does each person have the right to decide when to end his or her life? If an individual attempts suicide and fails, should they be placed under supervision or physically prevented from trying again? One piece of evidence emerging from Sweden’s examination of the topic is lack of communication between care providers about a specific patient. As a high school teacher I frequently had hunches about students but feared telling anyone. I suspect it comes back to the rights of an individual.

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