Wednesday 7 December 2016

Life and death

Published 18/01/2012 | 05:00

• I refer to recent articles by Kevin Myers on the question of suicide. Is it possible that the reported increases in suicide has as much, if not more, to do with what is happening in Ireland now than with any irrational mimetic behaviour?

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Could it be that the lack of a crucial focus in the recent trumpeting about 'mental health' in the media and at public events has had the effect of making people more uneasy? Perhaps now people are more willing to be medicated on a wholesale basis -- as per the recent contribution to this debate by former Labour Party politician and practising psychiatrist Dr Moosajee Bhamjee?

The bland assertion that our gloom and unease is unacceptable in the light of the fact that, for instance, Italians, Germans, Japanese and many other races suffered greatly during the World War Two, is peculiar. Who said that one person's pain cancels out the suffering of one or a million others?

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