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Suicide of Polish Ex-minister


miranda  
10 May 2007 /  #1
It was big news last week in Poland. I am just bringing it to your attention.

The suicide of Barbara Blida, a former construction minister and a long-time activist of the postcommunist Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), has shocked the public and provoked searching questions about the methods used by the country's security services in dealing with politicians suspected of criminal offenses.

warsawvoice.pl/view/14703
krysia 23 | 3,057  
10 May 2007 /  #2
This is very sad.
No matter how bad life seams sometimes, suicide is never the answer. You may end your life here on Earth, but who knows what you will be facing once you're dead?
daffy 23 | 1,508  
10 May 2007 /  #3
Mental health is very important and is often seen to be a failing in people rather than an illness and many people fear admitting it and seeking help. It is a tragic misunderstanding of the illness.

European figures state that at any one time there are 1 in 20 people suffering from a mental illness like depression, dehibiliting stress, shizophrnia, alzhimers, etc. and 1 in 3 people will suffer a mental illness over our lifetimes

talk about it

talk
sparrow 2 | 243  
10 May 2007 /  #4
I have a mental (dis)ability from the day I was born & will have it all my life. It's really important you talk about it, improves your life a lot.
daffy 23 | 1,508  
10 May 2007 /  #5
it is important yes. What supports exist in Poland for mental health patients?

It is only becoming better supported in Ireland the last few years and attitudes are changing slowly towards its true nature.
OP miranda  
10 May 2007 /  #6
Mental health

Daff, did you read the article?
daffy 23 | 1,508  
10 May 2007 /  #7
I did - I just think that any reasonable person in that situation - even feeling they have no way out - could stand up to the consequences. I think that someone with a fragile mind chooses to commit suicide, ie has a mental illness. Not always diagnosed and not always apparant unless pressed into situations of extreme stress (like i think is the case here, no?)
OP miranda  
10 May 2007 /  #8
Not always diagnosed and not always apparant unless pressed into situations of extreme stress (like i think is the case here, no?)

well I have to disagree with you. I think that labelling every kind of desparate action as mental illness sign is to far fetched. All I know tha this woman has been feeling desparate due to being investigated. Obviously I posted it because it was an example of an unusual behaviour, but I wouldn't go as far as labelling her as mentaly ill.
daffy 23 | 1,508  
10 May 2007 /  #9
All I know tha this woman has been feeling desparate due to being investigated.

Desperate, fair enough - she snapped under stress. I would feel it is apart of who we are - and we cannot know who we are until these stressful situations are faced by each of us and how we react is indeed a very mental issue.

Granted I do talk above about the greater subject and the more common aspects - its just the article reminded me about a friend who committed suicide - not the same circumstance but same end result and i just felt i needed to say it.
OP miranda  
10 May 2007 /  #10
Granted I do talk above about the greater subject and the more common aspects - its just the article reminded me about a friend who committed suicide - not the same circumstance but same end result and i just felt i needed to say it.

fair enough, I am sorry to hear that
daffy 23 | 1,508  
10 May 2007 /  #11
thanks miranda, its my fault here, I just read into the article and saw what i saw.

RE the article, the supposed investigation, if it reports would be great to see a follow up on it? It must have been very serious indeed for her to take such actions.
Michal - | 1,865  
26 May 2007 /  #12
A mental illness is a terrible thing but alas, it is something that nobody else can see or prove-nobody knows how you are feeling and sometimes the people around you are not very sympethetic. Sometimes I feel a bit low and feel depressed but my Polish wife just shouts back "you're always depressed!" so if your own family does not care, you have no chance. It is also possible that she may have had other problems, it might have simply been the last straw' for her. You would really have to know all the facts before you can judge her. In her case of course she might have been suffering from the thought of political failure and embarrassment within her own family circle rather than mental depression.

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