Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Ultimate Decision

The article begins with a quote: “It’s a problem” a comment prompted by a recent weekend in which there were 3 deaths by suicide in Lake County. Quite the understatement considering deaths by suicide in Lake County outnumber homicide deaths about 4 to 1. Really a good, well done article.

There was a nice sidebar that I wanted to highlight:

Danger signs of suicide
• Talk about suicide
• Statements about hopelessness, helplessness or worthlessness
• Preoccupation with death
• Suddenly happier, calmer
• Loss of interest in things one cares about
• Unusual visiting or calling people one cares about
• Making arrangements; setting one's affairs in order
• Giving things away
- Kristen Brooks Hope Center

People with these warning signs need help. Help and support from you, referral to help with professionals, pushed hard if need be. You may save their life. Remember the 4th on the list it can be a “fooler”, they have made the decision at that point, time may be of the essence.


Anonymous said...

excellent post

Anonymous said...

A year or two ago there was an article in the New Yorker about suicides from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Some people who had leapt but survived were quoted as saying that on the way down they felt that they had made a mistake. One said he realized then that his problems were fixable.

I was curious about something the article did not mention: what injuries would survivors of such a fall sustain?

Dr. Richard Keller said...

The injuries are very similar to those sustained in a fall to a "hard" surface/ground. There will be broken bones and injuries to internal organ injuries, for the most part. The fractures caused by the impact and the organ injuries by "deceleration". The organ injuries will be things like tears of the liver at its "ligament" and the kidneys and/or spleen torn or torn from their vascular "attachments".