A little less levity, please

3 Indian models commit suicide prompting Indian shrink Harish Shetty to print a myth exposing article on the subject. Printed in the Self Help section of The Times Of India, the piece is called Suicide: Myths and facts. I’m wondering if people from India don’t think differently than the rest of us, just like kooks in general.

Myth: Suicidal attempts in families will dissuade relatives from doing the same when in emotional turmoil.
Fact: Suicidal behaviour can be seen in families across generations as depression can run in families and is genetic.

Yes, happiness ever after may not always be the rule, but rather than marrying members from two unhappy suicidal families together, maybe we ought to consider mating the happy family member with the unhappy family member, and counting the number of heads that come out.

Myth: Only those who are mentally ill are prone to suicide.
Fact: Those who are mentally ill are more prone to suicide but those without any mental illness may also be driven to it following situations such as a sudden financial loss, sudden discovery of a fatal illness, failure in exams, etc.

Moot point considering failing at suicide will get you a ‘mental illness’ label. That would make successful suicide mentally healthy, and sure, depending on your perspective but, had a person with a sudden financial loss, a terminal illness, flunking out of school, etc. been caught unhappy enough to hang from the rafters, chances are the person could have been labeled depressed (i.e. profoundly unhappy).

I’ve tried arguing against taking unhappiness too seriously, but seriously unhappy people often need the security blanket of a ‘mental illness’ label.

Myth: Strong minds and confident people never attempt suicide. Only weak minds do.
Fact: Strong minds do not exist. Each on of us can suffer from sadness and depression, and attempt suicide, though some are definitely more vulnerable than others.

“Strong minds do not exist.” Oh? Then do confident people exist? We could test the hypothesis if we tortured people, but the UN might object. I’m wondering, if we tortured a number of people so much that 100% percent of them went bonkers, would this experiment help to disprove the connection between ‘mental illness’ and heredity. I mean rather than individuals with a propensity to develop ‘the disease’, you’d have a species that was prone to get ‘the disease’, given sufficient unbearable treatment.

Oh, and it’s Mad Pride Day so I had to come up with something. Have a happy Mad Pride Day no matter how sanely unhappy you happen to be!