This blog post is to get something off of my chest.
I have observed some things recently that have me very concerned, and it’s folks making a business out of suicide prevention.
A good business model often incorporates snuffing out the competition somehow. Pepsi versus Coke cola wars. At&t versus Verizon. Dominoes versus Papa John’s. In our country of competition and free market, it’s understandable that companies will use cut-throat tactics to try to gain the leading edge.
I do NOT feel this is the way suicide prevention should work. There are numerous companies, agencies, and providers that bring us training, programming, and opportunities to learn how to prevent suicides and bring skills to folks of all ages in a variety of different ways. What I have observed lately among some of these agencies, corporations, and entities is a spirit of divisive competition, instead of a spirit of collaboration. Suicide is not a business, it’s a public health problem. Public health problems such as suicide are not solved by companies undercutting each other, spewing false claims, and sending folks in the wrong direction. It’s about providing communities strength, support, information, opportunities, efforts, and methods to save lives.
I’m sorely disappointed with some folks out there who have found their niche in suicide prevention, and have exposed this problem for their own monetary gain, and will throw other programs under the bus in order to get an edge. In some ways, needing to do that shows that you should not be in the suicide prevention business. Go into the insurance business, yeah, that’s it.
That is enough venting for now.
I appreciate all of you, and your desire to make this world a safe place for people in distress.