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Will’s cousin commited suicide this week, and in this special, emergency episode of Hardly Qualified, we discuss the nature of suicide, how it impacts the people around us, and why we feel the way we feel about it.
We as a society tend to think of suicide as a selfish or cowardly act, but is it? Does the act of suicide require that one be insane, or suffering from the effects of a mental illness, or at least, a temporary state of obliviousness to reality, or can a person be rational in his/her choice to end his/her life?
What about counselling someone who’s contemplating suicide? Can we? Should we? What goals do the counsellors have when dealing with someone who is suicidal, and what goals does the suicidal person have? Are they the same? Should they be?
We have many thoughts about this topic, and in this episode, we talk about them. Partially as catharsis, but also because they need to be talked about, because in the end, death affects us all, and we shouldn't be frightened to discuss it.