Significance of Fashions in Suicide Methods
Shulman asks whether the likelihood of any given person’s suicide can be reduced by interference with possible means. In England, the overall rate of suicide declined when domestic gas was detoxified; other methods only showed minor increases. This pattern was not seen in other countries. Despite general evidence that suicide can be decreased by reducing accessibility to preferred or fashionable methods, it remains unclear what role method plays in individual suicidal behaviour.