r/TooAfraidToAsk May 26 '22

Do you think suicide rates would go down if everyone had a dog? Mental Health

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u/FlourFlavored May 27 '22

At least anecdotally, many people have said that the guilt they felt about leaving an animal they were responsible for was enough for them to stick around. Of course, parents leave kids but there is often another parent to take over so, if the dog has another care taker maybe the effect would be negated. And, when the dog inevitably dies, are the person's grief combined with the lack of sense of responsibility going to make them more suicidal?