Yes, we need health services where docs will have the time to read the notes before they see patients.
We need hospital beds where people in crisis can be safe.
We need politicians with the will to make it happen. Because all the charity fund raising in the world will,not staunch the flow of suicide until we have services that are easily accessible to those in crisis.
Due to the recent suicides of designer, Kate Spade and chef, Anthony Bourdain, many people have posted well-meant messages on social media. For example, they urge people who are depressed to call a hotline, or they remind people considering suicide that they have value, or, well, you get it. And I don’t think that’s a bad idea, but the ever-brilliant Athenae explains why it’s not enough. explains why it’s not enough. I hope she won’t mind if I quote her quite extensively here.
When I was thinking of making a hole in the Chicago river back in 2014, or 2004, or 6 weeks ago, I KNEW I WAS LOVED. I KNEW THERE WERE HOTLINES. I KNEW PEOPLE CARED. You know what I thought? “The people who love me are idiots who’ll come to realize how wrong they were.”Depression LIES TO YOU. About everything, but especially about how smart…
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