Disabled Suicide Survivors Get Emotionally and Medically Assaulted All The Time
In a message dated 12/31/02 10:12:57 PM, rosemaryamey@... writes:
<...I for one am grateful that when I was suicidal I was given treatment, rather
than having my "right" to die of a treatable illness (major depression)
In the USA, the way this kind of intervention is done can be so brusque and downright mean that suicide survivors get the feeling that their "saviors" are more mad that they failed than glad they survived.
When such folks I have known have been locked up for a time, the sense I have gotten is anger that it was tried on their "watch" of family and friends....
There is one question I have never heard asked that I would expect to come up...that is "What is going on that this action made sense to do?" Such a question would show both concern and respect. I have never heard it asked in such a way that respected the person who did it.
And when disabled people try suicide and fail, frequently the very able-bodied people who have previously openly shared over and over that they themselves would rather be dead than disabled show anger and a lack of understanding that a try by a disabled person was carried out.
It's an amazing thing to me that a disabled person, usually new to their disability, can hear over and over death is better than disability -- and then get really emotionally and physically roughhoused for for believing everyone around them.