Monday, May 29, 2017
While the official in charge of Mental Health in NZ is doing his belated homework and trying to find out how many people committed suicide each year on his watch, I'd like him to tell us also how many of those suicides were of suffering, elderly people who, fearing they were about to lose control of their lives decided to take matters into their own hands.
Other more conscientious researchers are telling us that this number is increasing substantially in this country in the absence of any serious plan for introducing a more orderly alternative. It would be interesting to know if the present ballooning in the number of suicides is actually of the young people with whom entertainer Mike King does such a great job. But it's possible that the increase could be among the suffering and scared elderly, in whom nobody seems much interested. We need to talk more about this....