Permanent Solution to a Temporary Problem: And other Slogans

19 August 2012

"Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem." Chronic severe depression, OCD, bipolar, schizophrenia, panic ~~~ are NOT temporary problems.

That comment was in response to a slogan that I still frequently hear in response to suicide.
Curiously I've never heard someone say that about a person who took their life from the stress of dealing with - insert long-term physical illness here. Then people tend today "they fought a good fight," or "they were terminal," or - insert another empathetic response. It is creepy to me how society vilifies people with mental illness; and then when they die of it, they are vilified again as weak. The cruelty makes me angry and sad - and determined to change the narrative.

Erica KitzmanComment