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Austin Bass 
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Re: “What Stops a Suicidal Vermonter From Buying a Gun? Not Much

Hmm. Should we prevent people with a history of self-harm from buying cars as well? After all, there was probably an instance last week of someone, somewhere in the country crashing one into a guard rail on the highway in an attempt to end their life. Does that justify declaring all people that are or have been thinking about hurting themselves completely incompetent to drive due to the potential danger cars pose? Frankly, unless you place them on constant observation in FAHC indefinitely someone who is truly suicidal will find a means to accomplish the task. Developing sweeping policies like this that necessarily mark people as 'defective' for life simply because they have been self-injurious or hospitalized is fallacious. And further the fact that this is most often justified with what appears to be very shaky, anecdotal evidence seems absolutely absurd to me. People change and get better, and despite what you might think about practitioners being receptive the reality is that once you check that box you often can't uncheck it (ask any ER practitioner at FAHC how hesitant they are to declare someone as drug seeking.....they almost never do because of how real the possibility of them not being able to get pain meds is when they need them)

Putting suicidal people in a bubble as a quick fix is not the answer. We need to TREAT them...this means destigmatizing treatment such that we won't need to worry about 'catching' them as the BJ's employee describes, they will feel like they can come to us to get better and not be ostracized for it for years afterwards.

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Posted by Austin Bass on 10/02/2014 at 8:46 PM

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