By Moonyeen King
President of the Board for Tepehua
Clinician’s view PASSIVE SUICIDAL IDEATION as a wish to die but not by ones own hand. Preferably an accident, terminal illness, dying in sleep, heart attack, but still opening a window at the same time for intervention. Similar to a disturbed youth getting into a police fight “death by Cop”, as it is called. PSI can also be an unfortunate part of aging when the Golden Years aren’t so Golden.
Excessive behavior is also PSI, or a long list of addictions from food, alcohol, smoking, vaping, hard drugs. The list is endless. We know excessive use of anything will kill us, but continue on the road to passive suicide, with the exception that it is our own hand, but we are giving ourselves that window of time for intervention, “I can stop anytime”.
In this enlightened era, we view addictions, depressions, as illness, rather than morally failing, or mentally deficient, with emphasis on prevention and treatment. Discoveries regarding the brain revolutionized our understanding of dependency or compulsive behavior.
Opposite to PSI is the fear of dying, which turns many into hypochondriacs, and with the complicity of the Doctors and pharmaceuticals who become enablers and get the patient dependent on medical drugs such as opioids, sleeping pills and a trillion other prescriptions.
This maybe the fault of the patient who feels cheated if they come away from the Doctors without a prescription.
Drugs come onto the market like a change of fashion. The talking heads tell us this one is to dangerous then suggest another, if all else fails there are clinics and facilities that can help you handle all the addictions you have, they can help you break the cycle for a fee. There is help at the end of the dark tunnel.
Here at Lakeside it is the same problem with one difference, the majority of addicts, PSI victims, people deeply in need of help are in the barrios, held in the hard grip of poverty. Seldom can that window of time for intervention be utilized, except for the few. A good example is: If a derelict male is picked up by the police, depending on his misdemeanor, the arresting officer can take him to jail or to the Rehabilitation Center Lakeside, where he serves time and dries out, sometimes it can take as long as two years, and he is allowed visitation by family. If a woman is picked up for a drug violation she goes straight to jail as there are no facilities for women, the nearest is Guadalajara. They cannot have visitation rights to their children.There are also women in jail for having an abortion, and those who treated her. Over crowding in jails, abuse and easy access to drugs exacerbate the situation that women face when jailed, especially when they cannot afford representation. Majority of over dosing is not intentional...it is a matter of ‘pushing the envelope’.
It may look as though we have a handle on things like PSI and the multiple addictions, there are solutions for the few who can afford special care, but not for the multitude, and shouldn’t we ask why this generation is intent on self destruction? Even those with the silver spoons? It is no longer an adult ‘thing’, our children are coming along for the ride.
There is still to much interference by the Church into what should be State matters. There are law makers with one foot still in the dark ages and it is time the people were listened to.
Speaking for the barrio of Tepehua, where cheap drugs and Meth factories are easy to find, violence still rules the mean streets and kids join gangs as a support, the basic need is to fill that void. Empty hands need to be given something to achieve and basic education is needed. Instead of further education there should be more vocation schools. In an ideal world.
There is so much retired talent here in the retired community, if local Government had the money to invest in them for vocational schools...now that’s an ideal world!
MOONYEEN PATRICIA KING
Column: Profiling Tepehua
Settled in Mexico 13 years ago. The intention was to retire into the arts as a writer, poet and painter...that didn’t happen. Beneath the smiles of the peoples of Mexico there was such a great need for change, especially for the women and children of the barrios, Moonyeen has dedicated these years to change the face of this little corner of the world. The work done by the volunteers of the Tepehua Community Center is teaching that change is possible anywhere. Moonyeen was portrayed as “Woman of the Year,” also two Paul Harris Rotary awards for the work done at Tepehua. “Life in Mexico is very fulfilling. The Mexican people give so much more to us immigrants than we can possible return.