Year: 2002 Source: Medical Journal of Australia, v.171, no.7, (October 4 1999), p.390-391 SIEC No: 20020725

There are limits to any type of suicide intervention (whether targeted at individuals, high-risk groups, or the general population) & there should be a balance between them. The best short term gains may come from education about gun ownership & security directed at the rural community, combined with strategies for reducing CO poisoning but they will only buy time while the underlying social processes unfold. Alternative means of suicide will always emerge, & it’s inconceivable that a “detect & treat” model could produce the results wanted. (4 refs.)