Today, Monday, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day. I found that out on Facebook when it was associated with the television and film franchise Star Trek, and the original series debuted on September 8, 1966. That anniversary was only two days ago.
I hadn’t realized these Star Trek related actors had all committed suicide, including TV and film icon Brian Keith. Most people know that Robin Williams committed suicide, and I think I recall that Get Smart actor Ed Platt (“the Chief”) took his own life.
I’ve been wanting to write about something today, but the topic eluded me until just a few minutes ago. Decades ago, I worked for a suicide prevention hotline in Berkeley, California, on the “graveyard” shift, so, as you can imagine, I’ve talked with many people who had been having tough times.
I don’t have anything particularly profound to say, except that I hope anyone reading this will take a few moments to contemplate how fragile we all are. This especially includes people you don’t get along with, people you may disagree with, and maybe even insult or consider an “enemy” in one manner or another.
If we could know the things about people they would never tell us, we might discover that all too many of them are not so far away from committing suicide. If we knew this, how would it affect our behavior towards them? I hope we would act a good deal softer and with more compassion.
It will be a dark day when we can no longer feel such compassion for another’s pain.