"Authorities say that head of an Indianapolis gymnastics academy [Marvin Sharp] who was jailed on charges of child pornography and molestation has been found dead of an apparent suicide in his cell." - AP, September 20, 2015. Here is the article.
Those who know the ways of prison life understand why Marvin Sharp, if he did commit suicide, was thinking smart. There would be no way of ensuring that he would be fully protected in prison. He was a wonderful target to be tortured, then murdered, in prison.
One, child molesters get offed. And, two, he had been a celebrity coach. That brings status to those who make his life miserable, then take it.
There are still those who hold values such as maintaining life for life's sake. In my residential complex, in a frank conversation with a man in his late 70s whose health isn't great, I assumed he would confide his intention to commit suicide "when the time came." He was shocked that I perceived that as an option for those of us Baby Boomers who lost control over our bodies and minds.
However, the extreme stigma surrounding suicide seems to be softening. A nurse in her 50s explained to me that decades ago her troubled brother had discussed his suicide with her. Of course, she pulled out all stops to help him seek what it could be that would bring hope. Those initiatives weren't effective. She never had guilt about his choice. She never felt shamed in a social system which doesn't have its arms around self-deliverance.
Of course, no institution, be it a jail or a mental hospital, wants a suicide on its record. That's bad publicity. And, it does reflect negligent supervision. That's exactly why seasoned therapists and clergy are wary of the suicidal who seem to recover too quickly. Frequently that's a ploy to flee the powers that be so that they can make concrete plans, on their own terms, for taking their lives.
Suicide can make sense.