In response to Meredith Brent: The Censorship of Suicide
I generally agree that the ban on selling larger quantities of mild painkillers could be discussed and reviewed. However, the situation is complex. Paracetamol in large quantities is toxic, and someone taking an overdose can be destined for a harrowing death some days later, in the cold light of day, so to speak.
The whole topic of suicide ties in not just with ‘people who feel desperate’, but with a highly complex picture of mental ill-health, often (but not always) connected with misuse of alcohol and street drugs, childhood abuse, abuse in adulthood, and so on. Mental health departments are under siege by people needing help, or by their worried families.
As social conservatives, we can do our bit by advocating that children should be brought up to be healthy and robust, sure of their identity and positive in their sense of purpose. It’s certainly a challenging topic! Unfortunately, our psychiatrists are too busy treating people to be writing for TCW, or indeed, almost any of the media.
Mike Bell wrote:
Man hits woman and is arrested. CPS press charges because they have sufficient evidence. He commits suicide. MSM say ‘He must have been guilty.’ Woman hits man and is arrested. CPS press charges because they have sufficient evidence. She commits suicide. MSM say ‘Ugly CPS carries out show-trial.’
An Inner London practice where a friend who is a GP works, was given money by the NHS to reduce suicide in their area. They got the suicide rate down to no suicides in the area one year and because they had done so, they received no continuing funding to continue valuable work they had done. As ever, there is no logic in the Department of Health or NHS.