Suicide Prevention: What We SHOULD Do

By Valerie Rice | October 13, 2020

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I want to warn you now that this is going to be a rant. I also want you to know that I have studied this matter for a long time, and I know what I am talking about. By the time you are done reading this, you will probably be as infuriated as I am.  Do you ever wonder why suicide rates spike in times of economic trouble? You shouldn’t; it really isn’t a coincidence. So here we go. Let’s dive head first into my rage at how society kills it’s members and what it needs to change.


Humans are the only creatures on the planet that are forced to pay rent, or a mortgage, or otherwise pay to exist on the surface of the Earth. You know, that planet on which we were born, through no fault of our own, and are incapable of leaving (except through suicide). Huh. About that. Now, people are going to argue that people need to earn it, that it is too expensive, that they have no right, and so on. Think very carefully about those things. Now. Read this. So before you go off on how we don’t have the money,WE DO. We just spend it on war and other stupid things. We also refuse to tax rich people for some reason, so there’s that.


SHHHH! This is not a political post, but apparently some people see helping others as a radical idea. Again, do NOT ask me how I plan to pay for it, we are talking about people not killing themselves, and I already answered that. So. Since ‘Merica is the only country in the developed world not to have this, do you ever wonder why? We ain’t so great, y’all. We could provide mental health services to people who dsperately need them as well as treat chronic health conditions and care for our elderly; the top three groups most likely to commit suicide! Fancy that!


Don’t scoff at me.. People need to eat, clothe themselves, get from place to place, and so on. And do NOT call me a commie, I may have to punch you. I have heard the arguments that UBI makes people lazy. Seriously bro? Here’s the thing. The opposite is true. Seriously, they actually tried it and found that people who could wash themselves and get to work actually did, and felt better about it, so they were more productive. Check it out. Besides, as the Coronavirus continues to destroy the US economy, more and more people realize that we are totally not OK the way we are set up. People are happy when they are productive and working. People enjoy having a career and a purpose. It would alleviate a TON of stress and situational depression.


Every woman has the right to determine whether or not to terminate a pregnancy. End of discussion. Do you want to help reduce suicide? Me too! Don’t try and control what happens inside someone else’s body.  In fact, don’t try to control other people at all, it is not your business. Nope! OOh, that reminds me…

NOBODY likes these ideas? Fancy that. Ok,  Imma stop.  Well, it just so happens that many reasons people commit suicide, especially during periods of economic downturn, are related to lack of resources. Meaning they can’t live, eat, and so on. So raise the minimum. Wage. the minimum wage was implemented so that a full time worker could comfortably support their family. Seriously, it had nothing to do with teenagers working part time after school. In fact, there was a brief period of time where we didn’t want our kids back in the workforce. Something about too many of them dying in factory accidents or something. Anyway. Now, many places have set a living wage, because they realize their discrepancy, and it is more than twice the minimum wage. That’s really telling, isn’t it? So instead of trying to firmly defend the right to pay workers poverty wages, and inventing a new pay scale, just raise the freaking minimum wage and stop expecting children to work. Give their jobs to adults. It will really help the unemployment numbers and boost the economy. I bet if we did THAT, we wouldn’t need free everything. Except healthcare. That’s a right. I said what I said, now fight me. JK, I’m a pacifist. 

Published by vrice2010

A mother, an author, a nerd. After many years working in the fields of mental health and developmental disabilities, graduating from the University of Phoenix, and pouring my talents into my local community, I decided to spread my wings and reach a wider audience.

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