A few years ago, the gifted Vermont artist Stephen Huneck, who suffered from chronic pain, died by suicide. He was soon thereafter followed by his wife, Gwen.
He ran a beautiful chapel near the Canadian border in Vermont, called Dog Mountain, in honor of dogs and love￼. His artwork graces my office. ￼In 2015, my English Lab, Asia, and I hiked the mountain to pay homage. It was a moving experience.
In 2019, there were 1.5 million suicide attempts in the United States, that were documented. On average, there are 132 suicide attempts per day, with notably numerous ones listed as ideation and undoubtedly more that are not documented at all.