Redlands Daily Facts from Redlands, California on July 17, 1963 · Page 14
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Redlands, California
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14 - WeA, July 17, 1963 Redlands Daily Facts Most potential suicides give warnings; but with many thousands it is ignored They Cry Out - But Who Hears? By HELENA FROST Written for Newspaper Enterprise Assn. LOS ANGELES — (NEA) To die or not to die. . . That is tlie tragic question for 20,000 Americans wlio kill themselves every year. Not exactly a question, because the wish to die is strong during a suicidal crisis. But buried deeply under desperation the desire to live is just as strong. Suicide is a form of mental or emotional illness, and is one of the first causes of death in the United States. In some states it is sixth on the list. In the 15-25 age group, among college students and peacetime soldiers, suicide is the third cause of death. Many o£ these wasted lives could be saved. And many want to be saved. "Ambivalence" is the word psychologists use for the tug of mind of the person who has arrived at the brink. "He will plead, 'Let me die!' on Monday — and thank you on Wednesday for saving his life," said Dr. Edward Schneidman, and added: "Provided his cry for help is recognized and heeded. . ." Dr. Shneidman and Dr. Norman F. Farberow clinical psychologists, are co-directors of the Suicide Prevention Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Robert E. Litman is chief psychiatrist. Any man may make a will or put his affairs in order before going on a trip. If he suddenly decides to do so during a phase of acute depression, it may be a "coded" cry for help. And someone who tails about "ending it all" or "wanting out" may not be crying wolf. It is a common and fatal fallacy that people who talk about suicide don't do it. Eight out of 10 suicides give warning of their intentions. Most of them suffer from profound depression which is often a symptom of an emotional or mental disorder. Though there are those — usually old people in physical pain — who make the decision to kill themselves logically, rationally, quietly. Among the more than half a mU- lion attempted suicides every year, many are "they'll-be-sorry" gestures, efforts to change some unhappy aspect of environment or relationship. Gestures that can be fatal! The gun goes off, or unforeseen circumstances prevent the anticipated rescuer from appearing in time to do something about that overdose of sleeping pills. Saving lives is the primary objective of the Suicide Prevention Center. But many facts and figures have emerged from the center's years of research, sponsored by the U. S. Public Health Service and administered by the University of Southern California. Sta- t^u -K^.. ilifc ii' - —. -.-..Mi NOBODY HEARD: Policeman stands by the body of a man who placed his hat and coat neatly on "a log and walked to his death in the ocean. tistics about suicide are conservative. Attempts go unrecorded and self-inflicted death may be cloaked by that ubiquitous "accidental death." But here is a revealing comparison: The rate for suicides is proportionately highest among men in their 40s or 50s, native bom whites, married and in unskilled jobs. The rate for attempted suicides gives first place to women in the 20s and 30s, native-bom and white, single or housewives. Through the ages suicide has been viewed as a sin or a virtue, with changing cultures, religions and laws. Apart from ethical questions, realists sometimes ask, "Why try :o save someone who wants to die?" Dr. Shneidman answers: "I am profoundly convinced that suicide is the worst of all deaths — for the survivors. Not even murder causes such a backwash of human suffering. Practically every suicide leaves survivors to be tormented by what they might have done or failed to do, by guilt, remorse and shame. You think about an old man suffering from cancer who has three or four months at best and you say with compassion, 'Why not let him find peace?' The answer is his grandchildren. It he kills himself he puts a skeleton in their closet. ITiey have to live with it." But most suicides are in the prime of life and should be treat­ ed and saved to h've out their lives. Drs. Shneidman and Farberow discuss suicidal behavior and what to do about it, in their books "Clues to Suicide" and "The Cry for Help," both published by McGraw-Hill. "The Cry for Help" is also the striking title of an educational film jointly produced by the government's National Institute for Mental Health and the Louisiana Mental Health Assn., a division of the National Association for Mental Health. The content of the documentary was planned by Dr. Loyd W. Roland, executive director of t h e Louisiana group, with the Chicago Police Department co-operating in the production. Most of the material came from research at the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center. Here the telephone is serviced 24 hours a day by skilled personnel. A list of questions is used to determine the degree of "lethality" of the case. For example a man who calls from a hotel room, who sounds intoxicated and says he has a gun, is considered highly lethal. What are they doing in other parts of the country to prevent suicide? In New York City there is a Save-a-Life League which also has representatives in several other cities. In Dade County, Fla., all you have to do is spell out "FRIENDS" on the telephone dial. Two churches in Chicago have a telephone service. In Boston and Worcester, Mass., you can call Rescue Incorporated. And Phildelphia has a new "dial-a- psychiatrist" plan. On critical occasions the calls come from the police who need expert advice when they arrive on the scene of a potential suicide — perhaps in time to save a life. But what about all the cities, towns and niral districts where there is no number to call for help or advice? This is an important area of police training, and the "Cry for Help" documentary was produced just for that purpose. The National Assn. for Mental Health has added the film to an educational project which has effectively instructed the police about mental illness for the past decade. The associalion's manual, "How to Recognize and Handle Abnormal People," and the first film produced by the Louisiana mental health group and the NIMH, "Booked for Safekeeping," has been widely used in police training. Local mental health associations are making this material, and "The Cry for Help" available to police departments in all parts of the country, and to clergymen, doctors, social workers, all those whose job it is to help people. Mentally disturbed people want to live, even as they seek death. No ivy at U. S. space engineering college CAPE CANAVERAL fUPI) You won't fmd any halls of ivy at the nation's only space engineering college. But what you will find at Brevard Engineering College, about 20 miles down the coast, is a faculty made up of some of the nation's top scientists and engineers. The part-time Instructors lecture in classrooms filled with dedicated students whose average age is 30. Most of the students and nearly all the faculty members are employed at missile and space technological centers at Cape Canaveral and Patrick ' Air Force Base. Sparked by space-race industries which have grown up along the coast near the cape, Brevard is the first college in the United States to offer a master of sci­ ence degree in space technology. Vine-covered walls would seem out of place at Brevard, where theories chalked on a blackboard may be used the next day in dealing with a real missile-tracking situation. With the rapid advance in space science, some of the school's teachers must write their own textbooks. While five-year-old Brevard may be too young to have traditions, it is sophisticated enough to offer such lofty courses as celestial mechanics, space medicine and a long list of subjects in higher mathematics. The college was established in 1958 by Dr. Jerome P. Keuper, now its president, and a group of scientists who worked with Keuper for the Radio Corporation of America Service Company. Need More Education Keuper said they started the CARNIVAL Br Dick Turner «Wien you say 'at slight additional cost,' General, can you ba more specific? One billion . < • two billion dollars?" college because they saw the need for still higher education for the well-educated people in the space field. "We learned that many scholars and other space experts hesitated to come to Cape Canaveral because they could not continue their studies here," Keuper said. Of the school's 700 students, Keuper said about 165 are graduate engineers working for master degrees. The rest of the students are undergraduates, some of whom are taking a few special courses and others who are working toward a bachelor of science degree. Keuper takes great pride in his ability to stretch his education dollars, which he spends a good part of his time soliciting from private sources. "We built this building we're in now for $7 a square foot," he said proudly, adding that other school buildings in the area have cost twice as. much. "What we need now is somebody who wants to have his name on a new library building," Keuper said. "I believe we could bmld it for $60,000. We already have the books." Watches Costs CJosel/ Keuper keeps a tight rein on operation costs. He, a single faculty member, a clerk and a janitor are the only full-time em­ ployes at the college. Keuper said the school, so far, has received no local, state or federal aid, but he gave the impression he wouldn't turn it down if it were offered. Keuper said all of the major companies near here working on government missile contracts approve of the college as a way for their employes to progress in their fields. Many of these companies make donations to the school as v/ell as pay the tuition of their employes, he said. Keuper, a 42-year-old native of NewTX)rt, Ky., who holds a bachelor of science degree in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a masters degree in physics from Stanford University, said he is in the education field to stay. "I intend to devote the rest of my life to building the best space- science college in the world right here," he said. ZOO Q's By NANCY VOGEL Q. Some time ago you mentioned the Moulder Bill, which was being introduced in Congress to assure treatment as humane as possible for research animals. You quoted several doctors and scientists who spoke before the committee in favor of the bill. I would like to know if any Catholics spoke, and what is the Catholic attitude toward this bill? Also how , is the problem handled in other | countries? | A. Major C. W. Hume, reporting on the situation in England, said, "... we have the pain rule which sets a limit to the amount of suffering that may be inflicted in any case ... in our laboratories we do not commit the atrocities which are reported from time to time in scientific papers from your country ... in Britam we do not allow the extravagant cruelty committed by some investigators of stress and shock. We believe that the desired results can be obtained by less inhumane procedures, but even if that were not the case, there is an ethical limit to what is tolerable. There is a limit . . . to the amount of pain which ma5 be legitimately inflicted on any animal for any purpose, be it dog. rabbit, cat or mouse." The Right Reverend Monsignor LeRoy E McWilliams also spoke, saying, "Our dominion over animals is limited ... we cannot do with them what we will . . . Many Popes, cardinals . . . continually point out that we must care for animals and spare them unnecessary suffermg ... we would do well to remember what Dr. Henrj- J. Bigelow, late Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, once said: 'There will come a tune when the world will look back to modem vivisection in the name of science as they do now to burning at the stake in the name of religion.'" The consensus of all who spoke in favor of the bill seemed to be that researchers should continue to use animals for experimeniation, but that definite controls should be arranged. Continuing letters to Congressmen, in favor of H.S. 3556 (the Moulder Bill) can bring about these controls. CASUAL TRENCH COAT Numerous in both short and long dressup coats are the copies of the casual trench coat. 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