Most people who try to commit suicide fail (though I doubt it is a high as the 90% value that has been suggested). And sadly, a substantial number of those will suffer the side effects of the unsuccesful attempt, as well as the emotional burdens of the attempt, the guilt and the retributions. I had often thought that there should be not only counselling for those who wanted to commit suicide, but a manual of techniques that minimised the risks if things went wrong. Dying 5 days later, slowly, with your loved ones by your bedside from liver failure regretting your overdose has to be about as traumatic as can be. I obviously wasn't the only one to think about that, and I just came across an old (1981) article about this :
Some of the stories are tragic. A friend of a friend jumped from a high building and hit a parked car several stories below. She broke most of her bones and punctured several of her inner organs, but didn't die. Instead she was wheeled, conscious, to the local emergency rom, her most privately conceived act announced to the world by the ambulance siren. She spent the next year in bed, much of it in a hospital ward allocated to critically ill victims of violence, her still suicidal mind the only functioning part of her body.
They also collate a series of suicide notes here ...Posted by Ian at March 17, 2006 03:52 PM | TrackBack