Letter to the editor: More solutions to consider

Posted 4/3/19

More solutions to consider Two recent pieces in this newspaper refer to suicide and efforts underway to prevent it. One was the article announcing the walk planned by students at Arapahoe High to …

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Letter to the editor: More solutions to consider

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More solutions to consider

Two recent pieces in this newspaper refer to suicide and efforts underway to prevent it. One was the article announcing the walk planned by students at Arapahoe High to raise awareness to the issue. Kudos to them, but one wonders about the effectiveness of such events. The other was a letter from Victor Mitchell urging passage of HB-1177. Again, one wonders about any demonstrated impact on suicide it would have and also its reduction of Second Amendment rights. Neither seems to address any of the many underlying causes.

While mental illness is certainly one cause, there are several societal causes that need to be addressed and corrected. Some are: the reduction in the sanctity of life (abortion, assisted death for the elderly), Net-Flix videos (“13 Reasons Why,” specifically), violence in movies and video games, broken home life, bullying, and the lack of moral guidelines and boundaries. Those close to specific cases of suicide could probably add more.

As Victor said, all need to help reduce suicide: individuals, clergy, parents, teachers, mental health professionals, counselors and especially the media. A solution is possible if directed to specific causes by specific people.

Herbert Sanford

Littleton

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