|03-14-2008, 06:26 PM||#11|
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Your opinions are always welcome. I agree with you. A main mission of this site is to provide information to the spinal cord injury community. Therefore, it is entirely appropriate for us to have a sticky in the Life Forum that contain resources for people to contact on the subject of suicide. However, suicide is a different issue from mental health or even health care.
I debated what to call this thread when I made it a sticky. Originally, the thread was entitled "Suicide Cluster/Contagion". I thought that this was inappropriate. However, "Suicide Resources" sounded like providing resources for suicide. So, I decided to name it just "Suicide".
In my opinion, CareCure provides three important perspectives to people with spinal cord injury who might be contemplating suicide. The first is that you are not alone. The second is that there are people who care. The third is that many people have the same problem and have concluded that life is worth living.
I have been thinking what else CareCure can or should provide. For some, I believe that we provide hope. Part of what drives suicide is the belief that spinal cord injury is not reversible. If the condition is reversible, this may discourage suicide. Hope is important for life. No hope is devastating.
For others, we provide advice on medical conditions that are treatable. It is bad enough that one has spinal cord injury but to add neuropathic pain, repeated urinary tract infections, and feeling sick all the time may simply be intolerable. Just relieving some of these may help.
Finally, people may choose to live for all sorts of strange reasons. For example, I am just thinking that curiosity is often a compelling reason. Some people may want to live just to find out what will happen. I know that Christopher Reeve would have wanted to know the outcome of the 2004 election.
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