Training today on suicide prevention by removing means. Take away points: suicide is turning out to be much more impulsive than thought. Even those who think about it for months describe decision-points of “less than an hour” (70%) including “less than 5 minutes” (27%) at the end. Interrupting them during that time reduces suicides 90%. Therefore, removing the means even temporarily – locking up the pills, getting the guns to an uncle’s house, taking the keys to the car, etc – has enormous effect. Somehow an interruption breaks the spell.
Bonus: sometimes the family is frozen and the suicidal person is the best one to make the move to remove the means.