Updated (February 27, 2010)
Another celebrity-related suicide, apparently:
"Marie Osmond's son commits suicide"Even if I felt like it, I can't write a 'saner than thou' screed about how Michael Osmond should have 'risen above' his depression because it was 'all in his head.' This is a sad time for the Osmond family.
Entertainment/People.com, Today, MSNBC (February 27, 2010)
"Entertainment Tonight reports teen battled severe depression"
"Marie Osmond's teenaged son, Michael Blosil, has killed himself by leaping to his death around 9 p.m. Friday in Los Angeles, reports Entertainment Tonight, which quotes Marie's brother, Donny Osmond, as saying, 'Please pray for my sister and her family.'
"According to ET, Michael left a note explaining he intended to end his life after a lengthy battle with severe depression that left him, he said, feeling as if he had no friends and could never fit in...."
No pressure, but praying for them couldn't hurt.
I don't, as a rule, follow celebrity news, but a few names in this article caught my eye:
"Missing actor's body found in Vancouver park"First, my sympathies and prayers for the Koenig family, and everyone who is in a situation like this.
CNN (February 25, 2010)
"Actor Andrew Koenig, who had been missing since February 14, committed suicide, his father told reporters after his son's body was found Thursday in a park in Vancouver, British Columbia.
" 'My son took his own life,' Walter Koenig said at a news conference in the park.
The body of the former 'Growing Pains' star was found by several friends who conducted their own search of Stanley Park, where Andrew Koenig liked to walk, his father said....
"...He had stopped taking medication for depression about a year ago, his father said...."
That detail jumped out at me, because I was diagnosed with major depression a little while ago (by my standards). I have been taking medication to control the physical side of that condition ever since. And, God willing, I am not going to stop taking medications that keep my brain working properly.
I don't like the idea of needing to constantly medicate myself: but I don't have to like it. I do, however, have an obligation to maintain my health.1
'Relying on the Lord' is a very nice notion - and appropriate. In some cases.
God could, if He wanted to, keep me alive and nourished even if I never touched another piece of food with my hands. He could, again if He wanted to, put the food in my mouth and let me take if from there - or even skip the whole digestion process with a sort of Divine IV setup.
Somehow, though, I don't think it would be prudent to try a stunt like that. Not without orders from upstairs.
I've got hands, and a brain. I figure I'm expected to do something with them. Like feed myself, while I'm able.
Seriously? If you're taking medications for depression of anything else: keep it up. It really is okay. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2288-2291)
- "Death, Dying, Dignity, Intravenous Tubes and Catholic Teachings"
(September 22, 2009)
- "The Catholic Church Won't Even Let People Kill Themselves"
(January 28, 2009)
- "Missing actor's body found in Vancouver park"
CNN (February 25, 2010)
1 I pretty much have to 'rely on God,' since God continually upholds and sustains all of creation. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 301) Life and physical health are a gift from God, so I've got a responsibility to "take reasonable care of them." (Catechism, 2288)