means reductionJoe Segen2016-11-16T11:00:41+00:00
Definition A term of art for reducing the risk of suicide by limiting high risk individuals’ access to lethal vehicles*.
*Such vehicles include instruments–e.g., firearms, or actions–jumping from heights–for committing suicide.
Means reduction manoeuvres
• Detoxification of domestic gas–e.g., reduction of carbon monoxide
• Medication packaging-e.g., limiting the number of pills in each package.
• Placing barriers on bridges used for suicide
• Use of less toxic pesticides–which are regionally popular suicide agents.
Means reduction results in a modest decrease in the overall rate of suicide completion. The simple fact is, those who are hell bent on topping themselves will simply find another way to skin the cat, a stance formally termed means substitution.