Language is a virus
There are, indeed, suicides of absolute will, where neither "mental"illness itself nor serious depressions that may or may not qualify as "mental"conditions are the factors: Buddhist monks dousing themselves and lighting up in protest, hunger strikers and suicide bombers. And there is little doubt that some suicides are "self-murder."But most suicides are indeed people in great pain, physical, "mental"or emotional. And many of them, contrary to what Thompson apparently believes, are impulsive, and most that are planned out are planned out while the people aren't thinking clearly, which therefore hardly qualifies it for "self-murder."Willful intent and a reasonable amount of self-possession need to be present for that.
As father of a bipolar son and brother-in-law of a seriously troubled woman who has been threatening suicide, I loudly applaud HCN's publication of this article and for drawing attention to the issue(s). I just wish the diction had been handled a bit more sensitively, particularly in the opening editorial.
Spearfish, South Dakota