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Attempted suicide raises serious issues

I read the articles on Darnell Barton. An individual who followed his gut and helped a person in trouble is now being followed by the international media and Donald Trump. Trump’s $10,000 gift is a little more “over the edge.” People help others every single day, then go about their business. I liked Barton’s humble and quiet disposition as he tried to explain his heroic actions. If that was my child on the edge, I would want someone like him on my side.

I had a friend who worked for the crisis center in Niagara Falls. She was once called to assist in an attempted suicide at the brink of the falls. She did what she was trained to do – talk someone off the ledge. She climbed over the railing and was just feet from the individual and managed to talk this person into coming with her.

My heart swells when I read articles about heroic measures taken by individuals who value the lives of others. It’s human nature, if you are that kind of person, to stop rather than drive on.

But what happens to the victims? What brought them to the edge of despair? So many are burdened by depression because of loss of a job or a loved one. Others are financially strapped, or suffer from chemical imbalances, abuse or addiction. Due to the confidentiality of victims, the public will not know what happened to this woman. She was lucky the day Barton came into her life and hopefully she will appreciate his heroic gesture and try to get her life back. Now it is the medical field that needs to help. What will Trump do for her? How will she heal, and who will help her get on with her life and keep her from the edge? I am proud of Barton, but I will have greater pride when I know she will be taken care of by a team of medical professionals who value her life as much as he did.

Louise Yots

Buffalo