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The Stigma of Suicide

In light of all the recent musicians taking their own lives, I feel this has become a very popular conversation on Sputnik. I will address a few points pertinent to this issue, giving my professional opinion along the way.
1Joy Division
Unknown Pleasures

While I still do believe that act of committing suicide to be selfish, it is also selfish of us to believe that they weren't thinking of their loved ones. There have been many patients that I have dealt with who have attempted to take their own lives, and they all say the same thing: their families were the first thing in their mind.
2Linkin Park
Hybrid Theory

In fact, most patients believe they are doing their families a favor by taking their life. Most of these people don't believe that they belong here, and if they do, it's only to suffer and deal with pain.

While that might seem like a "woe is me, woe is me" excuse, it's much stronger than that. I've seen people stuck in a "pity party" and not once did they contemplate suicide. They were lucky enough to find a way out of it before it came to that. There are some, though, who don't see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. All they continue to see is suffering, and they don't see any other way out.
4Elliott Smith

The signs are very subtle. Suicide is silence (no pun intended). Someone who has very real thoughts of doing so will never say anything about it in most cases. They will formulate a plan and try their best to follow through with it.
The Swing

And this all leads me to this. 3 and a half years ago, I was standing next to a set of railroad tracks, waiting on the next train to come by so I could leap in front of it. As I was walking the 300 or so yards to the tracks, there wasn't a moment of pity for myself, but for the people who loved and cared for me. I felt bad that not only had I continued to let them down for 30 years, but that there was no way to stop it. I wasn't thinking about my responsibilities as a parent or as an adult. All I knew was that I couldn't live like this anymore, and I didn't want to subject my family to what I was putting them through any longer. I figured this was the ultimate relief, a win-win for everyone involved. I didn't even stand there for more than 30 seconds when I heard someone yell behind me, "GET ON THE GROUND!" I sat straight down. The tunnel vision I was dealing with faded away, and I saw at least 6 police officers standing there.
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

At that moment, I realized what I was actually about to do. I was going to deprive my children of a father, and deprive my soon-to-be wife of a husband. I was Baker-Acted (mandatory 72 hour psychiatric hold in the state of Florida), and was put on medication. I was blessed enough to have someone intervene (turns out I was trespassing). Not just that, my mental condition was treatable. After that experience, I realized that not everyone was as blessed as I was.
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