So Ms. Maynard was trapped after all. Two days ago she said she still enjoyed life and this didn’t feel like the right time., and now a twenty-nine year old is dead by her own hand. She died on the very day she had said was too soon, November 1.
What a waste of days that could have been spent with her family and helping others, perhaps by using her beauty in an ad to raise funds for better care of the dying or for a cure for glioblastoma. We are so sad for Maynard and her family, but most of all for those thousands of people, disabled, depressed, elderly, wrongly diagnosed, who will die prematurely or against their full free will if, instead of unleashing a wave of revulsion, her suicide unleashes as wave of new laws making assisted suicide legal. Right now, tonight and in the coming days and months, we hope that anyone who has been led by the media’s disregard of the most basic suicide prevention tenets of the World Health organization (http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/resource_media.pdf ) to think that suicide is romantic or the only solution to his or her problems will ask for help by calling his or her state’s suicide hotline. For a list of these, go to http://www.suicide.org/suicide-hotlines.html. Please don’t commit suicide. Someone wants to help you.