Some thoughts on Stay

I received an email from a reader saying that he didn’t agree with me that suicide is wrong, but…if anyone he knew were suicidal, he would give them my book.

Many people who think we all have the right to take our own lives would save most people from that fate, if they could help.

There are intellectual arguments that  suicide is morally neutral because we own ourselves, but they don't seem to apply when we think of young people, or our friends who we think could make it through, or parents of young children, or anyone we think might later be glad they stayed around.

Nobody should die without having heard the arguments against suicide. They are about community and about your own future self. They have been around for hundreds of years.

If you stay for the sake of community, you are our hero. If you stay for the sake of your future self, you are your own hero.