"If you cannot be a poet, be the poem." David Carradine
If you are as old as I am you probably remember actor David Carradine from the TV series, "Kung Fu" where he played a Shaolin monk named Kwai Chang Caine. Younger readers may remember him more for his performance as "Bill" in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" films.
Fans will be saddened to know that David Carradine was found dead this morning in his Bangkok hotel. Police reports say that the body of the actor was found hanging from a rope in his hotel closet in what appears to be a suicide. Others, including Carradine's agent, are disputing that Carradine's death was a suicide but official confirmation cannot take place until official autopsy reports are provided.
David Carradine was 72.
If this was a suicide it may be difficult to figure out why such a charismatic man would decide to take his life. This is quite often the case where the people left behind are left to wonder why. Even more so, the people who are left behind often agonize over how such a tragedy could have been prevented in the first place.
There are many misconceptions about depression and suicide. Take this short quiz to learn the facts behind the myths. Are you worried that a friend or family member is contemplating suicide? Read Christopher Lukas' tips on what to do if you have a loved one in need.
It is estimated that roughly half of all suicides can be directly associated with some mental health problem. Did you know suicide rates increase during springtime? Learn more about suicide rates here.
This is as good a time as any to remind you all that if you are ever feeling suicidal or you know someone who is threatening suicide, please do get help. There are a good many resources available day and night should you need them.
Here are some hotline numbers to call if you are feeling like you wish to harm yourself:
There is also email support for people who are feeling suicidal. Just follow this link.
If you would like the help of a professional immediately, you can call 911; take yourself to the nearest emergency room, or Find a Therapist.
Support groups exist in many communities to help you get through a bad time. Try these organizations:
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
- DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance)
- Befrienders Worldwide
- PsychCentral Support Groups
When you are feeling extremely depressed you might think that suicide ends the pain. It doesn't. The pain will live on forever in all the people you leave behind. There are always other options. Please reach out for help if you need it.
Published On: June 04, 2009