I doubt if there is anyone in Taos not horrified by the recent suicide at the Gorge Bridge. While our hearts naturally go out to the family of the victim, I hope they also go out to our brave first responders who had the dreadful chore of recovering the body. Such a traumatic task would cause anyone to suffer PTSD and I hope these heroic men and women get the help they need to process the awful sights they were forced to witness.

Whenever these tragedies occur, the usual outcry (and ensuing blame game) concerns prevention. There should be a net under the bridge, the railings should be higher, more emergency telephones installed. While these have value, they don’t address the main issue. What motivates people to take their own lives in the first place?

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