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A suicide survivor

June 19. 2018 10:54PM

To the Editor: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

Anthony Bourdain’s death reminds me of the epic poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson, “Richard Cory.” As the poem goes, Cory was the envy of everyone. He had everything everyone wanted. Moreover, “He was a gentleman from sole to crown.” In other words, he did not look down on others because in so many respects he was “above” them, as well he could have. Cory is said to have been “richer than a king,” yet it seems he was all alone.

So then, “(on) one calm summer night, (he) went home and put a bullet through his head.”

Herein lies an object lesson for us all: It is best not to strive for status, standing or honor, as these may be your downfall. So don’t go looking to make a name for yourself without first knowing why you would want to.

I am a suicide survivor myself. Indeed, I know firsthand the exigencies that mental illness and substance abuse may call upon one to make an attempt.

Suicide is not the shameful act that many people think it is. Rather, it is the result of an individual’s inability to come to terms with forces that seem beyond control.

The Centers for Disease Control advises: “If you are in a crisis call (24/7) the toll free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.”



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