This is my recent column in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital “Premium” edition every Thursday…
Suicide is caused by depression and mental health issues, right? Wrong. Psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald on why we are terrible at predicting which individuals will die by suicide.
I’m not surprised that the Prime Minister is having trouble setting a suicide target, or even knowing if we should have one.
The reality is we know a lot less about why people kill themselves than anyone is comfortable admitting. I mean, we can always look at individual cases after the fact, and feel that it should have been obvious. Likewise we can look at population level data and make all sorts of meaningful conclusions about what groups are statistically more at risk than others. (Click here to read the rest of the article via the NZ Herald…)