We, as a society, have to be able to talk about suicide and the stigma that surrounds it.
This Comment of the Day was by Jennifer Arnold on the post ‘The Nightmare of Suicide — Six Things You Need to Know.’
Suicide opens a door that nobody really wants to step through. As a 53-year-old woman , I have had my share of friends, and family , who suicided. I like the list of three factors — but would like to add one more — which is the fact that as a society , we tip-toe around the idea of suicide instead of confronting it like we do cancer or drunk driving. One of the communities here in Kauai, gathered together after suicide started to trend among the teenagers — and they took a firm and outspoken stance, to speak clearly, about how suicide is not an option. I believe that anyone in any of those dangerous factor groups — should have extra firm guidance. For example, anyone who has regular access to a gun, anyone who is in a religion where suicide is forbidden but not explained, (stigmatized) someone who’s support system has been recently shattered, ( job loss or divorce, or death in the family) — basically , suicide needs to be brought into the conversation, just as you are doing here in this clear and honest writing .
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