September 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day!
Did you know that? I’ll bet you didn’t. From the International Association of Suicide Prevention Website:
Efforts to prevent suicide have been celebrated on World Suicide Prevention Day – September 10th – each year since 2003. In 2014, the theme of World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.’ The theme reflects the fact that connections are important at several levels if we are to combat suicide.
And yet, suicide prevention organizations refuse to grapple with and/or oppose suicide promotion by the euthanasia movement. Time. After time. After time.
Indeed, I searched the IASP site: There is basically nothing opposing suicide promotion by assisted suicide advocates, or much at all on the issue.
The media is, except for a few minor stories, silent. Again. And if it wasn’t for Robin Williams, I’ll bet there would be even less coverage–as I have documented in past years.
That’s too bad. Suicide takes a terrible toll. From the World Health Organization:
Over 800,000 people die due to suicide every year and there are many more who attempt suicide. Hence, many millions of people are affected or experience suicide bereavement every year. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and was the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally in 2012.
Notice the difference between the attention given to suicide prevention–very little–and suicide facilitation–cheers and clapping. Pushing suicide almost always garners headlines, even TV shows showing real suicides as “taking control.” Popular shows and movies also push the pro-suicide meme.
Prevention, mostly the sound of crickets.
That is because we are increasingly a pro-suicide culture. Saying it’s okay for people with cancer but not for a mother whose child died doesn’t work.
Editor’s note. Wesley’s great columns appear at National Review Online and are reposted with the author’s permission.