Australia Thinks The Internet Causes Suicides?
from the not-helping-the-real-issue... dept
Hearing about people, often young, committing suicide is never a pleasant subject -- but dealing with those who are feeling suicidal means dealing with the real issues they face. Instead, it looks like Australia is taking the simple way out. They're making it illegal to have a website with suicide information on it. Realistically, that's only whitewashing the problem by pretending that if they get rid of the information, it will make the problem go away. It's like blaming the internet for suicides, rather than realizing that it's the individuals who are troubled and who need help. As some have noted, in forcing that information offline, it can make people feel more isolated and alone, and not realize that they need help, potentially leading to more suicides. Whether or not that's what really happens, it does seem clear that simply banning websites isn't addressing the real problem at all in trying to get help for people who are severely depressed. It's basically a way of avoiding the discussion completely.