God spare us from these things, but have you ever wondered how someone who apparently had everything to live for, took his or her own life? A young woman recently qualified as a physician, with grueling years of training behind her and on the threshold of a promising career, throws herself off her hospital roof. A father parks his car on the George Washington Bridge, races to the guardrail and leaps over it to drop two hundred feet into the Hudson River. It took three days to recover his body.
Neither of these two sad victims had exhibited any mental instability. It goes without saying that both were dealing with what must have appeared to be insurmountable problems. As a result, each made a perfectly calm and rational decision to end it. Permanently. These are just two of the cases that came across my radar screen recently. Both these tragedies involved individuals who felt that their predicaments were beyond help.