Earlier I asked if readers knew of any notable campaigns to raise awareness over the increased rate of suicide among those with access to guns. From a reader at the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center:
We developed and ran a Facebook ad on just that [seen above]. The VA also developed a wonderful video PSA on gun safety and suicide prevention.
That two-minute PSA, however, only briefly touches on suicide. And the following example from another reader also doesn’t focus on suicide, but it’s notable nonetheless:
Growing up in Germany with Kinder surprise eggs (totally one of the best parts of my childhood, and still very appreciated today) and the absence of guns, I felt the need to share the most persuasive campaign against guns, in my humble opinion:
To me, it just illustrates how ridiculous America is when it comes to guns. I have to admit that, when I went to the United States for the first time for a semester abroad, I was so scared of “everyone having a gun” (it is, of course, a stereotype, but a powerful one) that I actually took a shooting class before. It might be a foreigner kind of thing to do, but might also just shows that guns might actually just make things worse. Because honestly, I wouldn’t want to ever meet myself with a gun; I still don’t have a clue.
Another reader takes the discussion in a different direction:
What causes the most problems is depriving suicidal people of a SAFE, RELIABLE way to end their lives. Many are crippled by unreliable methods. Others jump from buildings, sometimes hitting innocent bystanders. Nembutal is a drug that’s ideal for suicide. Why in the hell is it now illegal?! Which arrogant, moralistic assholes made this decision for all of the rest of us?
I am not suicidal, but I have known people with terminal conditions who would have liked to gracefully exit. Instead, they were forced to endure tortuous pain because their doctors could not legally help them.