Lawyers and professionals such as dentists and Wall Street masters of the universe have a high rate of suicide.
Frequently they are members of recovery groups. Universally they say this, at least in circles I have been in: They are contemplating suicide or had tried it seriously but unsuccessfully to stop that noise in their head. In roll 'n roll lyrics that's described as the freight train running through their heads.
Sometimes, meditation which can tame the thought processes helps. Other ways of lowering that internal din include intense exercise and learning to sleep the night through.
But, all too often lawyers et al. aren't optimistic that there can be help. The odds are that they will simply go on to pull the plug. In a recovery meeting in central Connecticut one lawyer specializing in insurance blew his brains out in a car. Another drank himself to death in a motel.
What could short-circuit the process is the realization that consciousness continues after death. The brain might die. But the mind goes on processing. This phenomenon isn't the near-death-experience. Instead it is the ability of the mind to experience feeling, the perception of color, engaging in conversations, and desire after death.
In her best-selling 2014 book "Glimpsing Heaven," journalist Judy Bachrach interviews both those who have died and experts in the field of what is being called "death travels." Those death travelers who were interviewed were available only because the forces on the other side convinced them to return to their responsibilities.
The experts include Bruce Greyson M.D. of the University of Virginia. That institution is okay with his research on death travels. That's because he publishes in respected medical journals. The University of Michigan hadn't been and he left. Yes, the subject was and is controversial.
Many of those interviewed report positive experiences on their journey. But there were some bummers. So, a pleasant time might not be in store for all. There's no guarantee, that if we had a horrific time in life, that a bliss-filled one will follow in death.
In addition, the experience changes the person. Some become psychic, intuiting what others are feeling. It may be difficult to filter that. Others become less interested in their professional duties and are compulsive about new interests such as music. So different they are that the majority wind up getting divorced.
The takeaway from this emerging area of research is this: Suicide might result in not the end of consciousness. Instead we humans have to experience another dimension.