Should people who attempt suicide be required to undergo mental health therapy?

Asked by: doglover001
  • Yes they should undergo mental health therapy,

    Did you know that 44,965 Americans die each year of suicide? About one million die each year worldwide of suicide. In the United States if you attempt suicide you don’t have to go to therapy. Even though This supposed to be a free country, if you attempt suicide you should have to go see a mental health therapist. Because 50% of people that try to commit suicide, but failed tried it a second time and succeeded. Suicide rates will go down because they are getting the help that they need, so they most likely won’t try again. If we make it required to undergo mental health therapy if you try to commit suicide the suicide rate will go down, we save lives, and the law says that “murder is the unlawful killing of a human being”(18 U.S. Code § 1111 - Murder).
    In the US every 12.8 minutes someone commits suicide. For every suicide 25 attempt to commit suicide. That would be about 113 deaths a day, 44,965 a year. 2,813 attempt suicide a day, 1,026,563 a year. However, if we require people who attempt suicide to go to mental health therapy. We could reduce that number significantly. In ages 15-34 suicide is the second leading cause of death. Worldwide someone commits suicide every 40 seconds. The United States laws says “Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought. Every murder perpetrated by poison, lying in wait, or any other kind of willful, deliberate, malicious, and premeditated killing; or committed in the perpetration of, or attempt to perpetrate, any arson, escape, murder, kidnapping, treason, espionage, sabotage, aggravated sexual abuse or sexual abuse, child abuse, burglary, or robbery; or perpetrated as part of a pattern or practice of assault or torture against a child or children; or perpetrated from a premeditated design unlawfully and maliciously to effect the death of any human being other than him who is killed, is murder in the first degree. Any other murder is murder in the second degree”(18 U.S. Code § 1111 - Murder). Suicide could be classified as murder. Attempted suicide is technically attempted murder.

  • They need help.

    I think that the people who do try to commit suicide need some help. If they have tried to commit suicide then they should go to a therapist to see what they were trying to get away from in life and try to resolve that. They only need some reassurance that everything is going to be ok, but they should not need therapy their whole lives.

  • No, I don't think it should be required

    There's an underlying presumption that all suicidal individuals suffer from some mental illness or problem, which in itself presumes an irrational state of mind, and that these individuals have not already tried mental health therapy.

    Of course, that's obviously the case for many, and they may well indeed be the majority. But to those few, I think there wouldn't be any benefits to force mental health therapy for those who don't want or need it.

    I think it'd be preferable if it was just more accessible, arguably even free. That way, those that want help will have it and those that don't will not have to be forced mental health therapy that may or may not help them.

    One could argue that it's better to have it be a requirement if it even saves only a few lives. However, whose life is it? If someone ultimately wants to commit suicide, why deprive them of the choice?

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