The method was a combination of alcohol and drugs. Kidder is best known for her role as Lois Lane, playing opposite Superman Christopher Reeve. Here are more details from Variety.
Of course, given Kidder's biochemical challenges - including being diagnosed as bipolar - this finding is no surprise. What is a surprise is that shock still surrounds the act of suicide. It shouldn't.
As the rate of suicide increases - actually up 25% since 1996 - society should have gotten used to this choice being made for any number of reasons. Those range from outright psychosis to despair over a financial plight.
Yes, human beings do have psychotic breaks and enter another kind of dimension for making decisions.
And, yes, money or, more accurately, the lack of it can generate hopelessness. One former lawyer, whose income went from $330k to $40k, came to me for career coaching. First, I directed him to a compassionate psychiatrist who likely helped save his life.
That lawyer was among those who, at some level, wanted to try living again. Others, though, truly have given up. They include five members of my family. Only for one had I the illusion that I could have rescued that troubled human being. A wise relative talked me through and out of that.
The two problems which are keeping society stuck are:
- The stigma surrounding suicide. People who tried and fail at it drag that identity around like a rotting bag of vegetables. Families in which there is a suicide can be perceived as "at fault."
- The laws on the books which kick in when an attempt fails. Usually, there is an immediate incarceration in a psychiatric facility. If someone confides to a mental health professional a suicide plan that person likely will find law enforcement making an intervention.
Perhaps a progressive public relations firm can take on the mission of positioning and packaging suicide as a choice human beings have a right to. In itself that will open up the national conversation why hope is so low among most generations.
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