For those who may wonder at the Times Page 1 notice, “Suicide Rates In Middle Age Soared in U.S.” [May 3, 2013], you might make another try at reading my Article on this website Chad Varah & Suicide. Give it another go. I may go on and on, but the story is there somewhere toward the end.
An English parson, Chad Varah, developed an early successful suicide prevention program and the first idea of a telephone hotline “To befriend the suicidal and despairing.” Learning from this Samaritan experience, successful programs were developed in Canada, in our Air Force, and in some additional countries. Effective United Nations Model Guidelines for Prevention were developed. In the U.S. the guidelines have not been closely followed. Read the rest of this entry »