More on suicide and the Orthodox Jewish community
I was glad to see this get some coverage in the Jewish Week, and generally happy with the points covered in the article. (I liked it much more than this, as already noted.)
Other bloggers who discuss the suicide and reactions to it include:
- Esther at JDatersAnonymous writes a bit about it, but comments on the post are extensive (36 and counting)
- NotANewYorker at UpperWestSideStory (part 1 and part 2)
- Steven I. Weiss at The Canonist is shocked to see a face he recognizes in the paper -- again, the post is short but the comments are lengthy and some are even interesting
- MyLifeByDonutsMom actually knew Sarah
If you want to make a contribution in Sarah Adelman's memory (to support events like this), that information and the obituary are here. If you want to leave a note for her family, I know from my own extended family's tragic experiences that your note will be very important to her family. My heart goes out to her family and friends.
The closing quote in the Jewish Week article was right on--this so-called "teachable moment" shouldn't just be a moment. I recently found out that another young Orthodox woman committed suicide on the Upper West Side about ten years ago. I don't think that suicide created lasting, positive change on the Upper West Side (possibly because of the transience of the community) or in the frum world in general. I hope that this one does.
I'll keep ya' posted.
Labels: mental health
I think the Frum community is much more open to getting help for the depressed, mental illness, and therapy then they were ten years ago.
We have grown a lot particularly when many of our children are falling by the way side. It is a terrible tragedy if we can provide resources and comfort to the struggling and we don't take the necessary steps.
I was glad to see your previous post on this subject. I completely agree that its ridiculous to lay the blame on pressure to marry. This tragic situation revolved around depression and mental illness not pressure. There are many in the frum community afflicted with these issues and they need love and tender care.
May Hashem protect us all from such terribly tragic events.