Is this kind of thing right or wrong? Some may see it as empowering, dying “his own way,” as the media continually put it.
The harsh fact is that Buckel’s suicide was futile. It won’t make a whit of difference toward improving the environment.
If we really want to reduce suicide — and sometimes I wonder if we do — we will increase our focus on mental health as a top-tier societal priority.
September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. I used to call the annual event “Invisible Suicide Prevention Day” because it is so often ignored in major media.
The carnage so bloodlessly described in the Belgian report demonstrates vividly the consequences to a society when it generally accepts killing as a proper answer to human suffering.