Trigger warning. I guess I have to write that now.

bernardtwindwilGranddad & story teller,
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This is a considered observation I have made over the years since I was 5 yrs old and my grandmother committed suicide.

Trigger warning. I guess I have to write that now.

by bernardtwindwil


Suicide is one of the greatest shames of modern society. The studies are parsimonious at best. One of the impediments is funding. The drug companies haven't figure out how to overcharge for it


After the fact studies are pretty much impossible. You can data mine for shared traits but you have no idea what traits result in suicide. The research is hindered by our PC society.


Any data which is not PC is rejected. That skews all result if their are any. The meta-data are skewed for profitability. The easy path was to blame mental health.

Science is expressed with empirical numbers

Data that comes for guesses and opinions does not benefit anyone. Suicide prevention needs to be moved away from mental problems to neuroscience and genetics.

Bullied into suicide? Suicide because of PTSD?

I see this all the time. It allows society to externalize the blame to uncontrollable sources. There are strong indications of a genetic marker.

We must open our minds.

A PC society is a closed minded society. Aggressive research is needed in to the chemistry and genetic components of suicide.

As a society we must demand action.

We cannot continue to lose valuable lives when treatment and prevention will follow the proper research protocols. We may have to admit an ugly truth so we can save lives.

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@bryanthomas In my dotage, I from time to time reflect on the bravado of my youth wondering if craving exposure to life threatening danger was not just a way to end it all without the taint of suicide. I am really happy that you did not step over that edge.

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@LostInMyDreams You just brought up an issue that affects us all, Walmart as a mental health facility. So few people have access to any kind of mental healthcare and it has been stigmatized or patronized like in "Rainman" or "Silver Linings Playbook".

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I've been to the edge. I peered over but didn't step off.

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You made some great points. There has to be an answer somewhere. I guess it's up to us to look out for each other. Even though that's difficult to ask since people hardly even realize your existence. Honestly, it takes more time to troll the internet, bully someone, and flat out hate someone, than it does to pay attention to the behavior and demeanor of another individual. I literally stood in Wal-Mart for about 2 hours and talked with a woman who was in desperate need of a listener. I went in that store for one item. She stopped me to ask me a question about a product. Did I look like a Wal-Mart employee? No! Did I look like a vendor? No! What I did look like was a woman on a mission for that one item alllll the way in the back of WallyWorld! Did that matter to her? Nope! She saw someone who could save her. Why? I do not know to this day lol! But anyway, I made small talk about the product, which quickly segued into the troubles of her life. I listened and offered some kind words and advice for 2 hours. At the end of it all, I got a big hug and probably the most sincere "Thank you" of my life. What did she get? She got a lot off of her chest. She felt better. She smiled. She laughed. She didn't end her life that night. I know we can't save everyone, but a little selflessness can go a long way. Sorry for the long winded comment, but this is one of those subjects that I care about deeply. As always, it's a pleasure to have been able to read another one of your great posts!