I don’t believe that it is. I think there are many, many people who want to believe that it is 100% preventable but if it was, why would we still have a Suicide Prevention Week? If someone had a fool-proof way to make this problem completely obsolete, wouldn’t they be shouting it from the rooftops?
No matter what we do, we don’t have the means to give someone else the desire and drive to keep on living when everything inside them is telling them that the world and everyone in it would be better off without them. Even if we tell someone else that we want them to live and we need them in our lives, we cannot make them believe us if their mind is telling them the complete opposite.
If someone’s state of mind tells them that anything at all would be better than this, how can we argue about that with them? No person can ever truly understand the mind of another. And since none of us can prove what happens after we die we can only share what we believe, who are we to argue that it would be better or worse than what they are experiencing now?
A doctor friend of mine who worked with the terminally ill often asked those who were struggling with their diagnosis, “What is the worst thing that you could imagine happening to you after you die?” A surprising amount of them answered, “Nothing.” Her response to that was “If nothing happens after you die, you won’t be aware of it anyway, so why should you worry or care?”
I truly believe that Suicide Prevention is a battle worth fighting. Every success is worth it. What you do and who you are are of great value to the world, Benjamin. Please keep fighting the good fight!