Monday, September 17, 2007

Why Does Suicide Prevention Backfire?

Suicide is always shocking, but it is particularly alarming when it involves our children and youth. And among indigenous communities the statistics are more than condemnatory.

According to

"This year ... the Howard Government announced national emergency measures to protect Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory from abuse. Almost three months later, it is time to consider whether the action is improving the lives of children in remote communities. Sadly, the answer is that it is not."

This same article reports that in one small community in Australia, 31 young people attempt suicide in the space of eight months — 8 per cent of the population of 452 people.

So why does suicide prevention backfire?

The reason is that unless one addresses the real cause, suicides will continue.

No matter what measures you take, if a person is bent on suicide he/she will ultimately succeed. unless you help him/her change his/her mind.

A study of Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health and Science of Survival by L. Ron Hubbard are essential for an understanding of the spiritual and mental phenomena that underlie suicide, what causes a person to seek to take his/her own life and simple therapies to raise a person's emotional tone to the point where he/she would no longer seek such a solution.

In Dianetics, Survival is shown to be the basic motivation of life, but Mr. Hubbard also clearly lays out how it is that someone can be driven to go to such extremes that he appears to have given up on surviving entirely. When you read it, it suddenly makes sense to you.

In June, David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of RTC, announced the release of new editions of all the basic Scientology and Dianetics books and lectures recorded by L. Ron Hubbard that give the background and research data, providing even greater understanding of the books themselves.

Anyone really serious about helping potential suicides needs to study these texts. Without a full understanding of the mind, however earnest you may be in your intention to help, you will accumulate failures. And when it comes to child suicides, even one such failure is far too many.

A good, stable adult with love and tolerance in his heart is about the best therapy a child can have.~~~L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion

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