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Posted Mon Feb 20th, 2012 6:24am Post subject: Suicide

Just saw the episode where in Seattle Stephen Fry is laughing and joking about the high suicide rate in that city.
I lost my daughter to suicide and do not see the humor.
This is a huge public health problem causing the needless loss of millions of young lives, the present treatments using
Mind altering drugs are dangerous, probably criminal, leading to an increase in the suicide rate.
Mr Fry of all people should know better than to crack jokes on such a subject, he should show compassion and empathy. His comments are insensitive .

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Posted Tue Feb 21st, 2012 6:57am Post subject: Suicide

Have you seen Mr.Fry's BBC program on bi-polar disorder? You may be able to find some extracted scenes of it on youtube.

Many people, with or without suffering BPD, experience suicidal ideation and, sadly, succumb to it. I think Mr.Fry has been pretty open about experiencing such thoughts himself, so I doubt very, very much he had ill intentions of any kind. Just my .02 as we say out here...

Really? Wow.

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Posted Fri May 10th, 2013 3:21pm Post subject: Suicide

Upset, first I must say I am so, so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine anything more heartbreaking. I can only guess at the pain you have experienced in losing your precious child.

I just saw the episode you are referring to. I can certainly see this would be a sensitive subject for you. But I am not entirely sure that I agree Stephen was making light of a terribly sad statistic. I got the sense it was a rueful commentary, from someone who knows personal demons all too well. I think any kind of chuckle or laugh you perceived was a sort of nervous reaction, not an attempt at actual humor. We all know there is absolutely nothing funny about suicide.

I will keep you in my prayers, that despite your grief you find some solace and peace as time goes on.


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