Preventing Murder-Suicides: How the Germanwings Tragedy Offers Us a Global Opportunity

April 9, 2015 7:20 PM

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If tragedy offers us anything, it's a chance to learn and take action to prevent another similar incident from occurring. While news is still coming out regarding the Germanwings plane crash, we do know that it was an apparent murder-suicide carried out by a young pilot reportedly suffering with mental illness. According to research, 94 percent of murder-suicides are carried out by males. The aftermath of this event provides an opportunity to address the larger ongoing tragedy of suicide and engage in a global conversation about suicide prevention.

Suicides happen all the time, but when mass casualties are involved we pay more attention, says Dr. Paul Quinnett, the president and CEO of the QPR Institute, an educational organization dedicated to suicide prevention by basic recognition and referral intervention.

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