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Suicide:stick to what you know

AS A lifelong reader of your newspaper I am appalled at Kevin Myers’s display of ignorance in his article on suicide. Unless you have lived through the pain of seeing a loved one contemplate suicide, nobody is qualified to speak on such matters.

The son of a friend, while I sympathise, does not qualify you. Having seen my wife twice attempt suicide, unsuccessfully, I take pleasure in her recovery by watching her rebuild her life with our child, a gift that both of them were so nearly denied.

While life continues to be a struggle, we try to take the positives out of everything. I also thank God that we have professional mental-health people who write the correct articles on one of world’s worst illnesses, depression. Mr Myers, please stick to writing articles on issues you know something about.