Monday 23 October 2017

Brendan O'Connor: So much talk of suicide may be letting it go viral

In an age of public grief and online eulogising it may be time to stop letting such a death seem like an option

Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

When I was growing up I can remember two, possibly three suicides among young people in the area. I don't mean just my peers.

That's the total amount I can remember from my whole youth. No doubt there were many more suicides in Bishopstown in the decade or so that I was growing up. But I probably never knew about them. And in fairness there are probably others I heard about at the time but don't remember.

Because, as we all know, it would never be said back then, 20 to 30 years ago, that anyone committed suicide. You would hear that such a fellah (nearly always fellahs) had died tragically. You instinctively knew not to ask any questions of an adult but you'd find out in school or whatever later on when you'd ask what happened, and you'd hear, "He topped himself".

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