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/Gremlin95x May 26 '22

No. There is no reason to believe just having a pet will prevent suicide. The pet does not solve a single cause of the person’s despair.

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u/cosmoharley1 May 27 '22

While I agree that it's an awful idea. I think it's a step too far to say an animal doesn't solve a single cause of despair.

A pretty basic reason people get depressed is a lack of movement, so a common step in depression therapy is to encourage physical activity. Since dogs require to be walked, that could help people get out and be active. Also, they are a great source of companionship and give people something to be responsible over, which in some cases can give people a reason to live.