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On Suicide and Caring Friends


It seems that not everyone agrees with Hunter Thompson’s wife and son that his suicide was a fitting end and the act of a champion — particularly those with a family member or close friend who has recently taken his or her own life. Diane Carman, in today’s Denver post, sadly decries the recent suicide of her cousin, who was plagued by mental health issues. One of her messages: We need to care more about the mentally ill among us. Denver legal analyst Andrew Cohen writes a moving column on the recent suicide of a CBS News colleague. There’s also hope. As sad as I was after reading Diane and Andrew, the feeling completely turned around when I read what a friend of a depressed man named Gary did in New York to try and bring some light into Gary’s life. It’s the feel-good story of the day, don’t miss it.

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