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Charles Lewis: How crazy is it to encourage the mentally ill to kill themselves?

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Two celebrities take their lives, two people who appeared to have everything to live for. Though clearly, Anthony Bourdain, a globetrotting chef for CNN, and Kate Spade, the handbag maker who made millions ooh and ah, did not see it that way.
The reaction in the media was predictable: sadness, regret and questions about why. On Sunday, The New York Times ran an information piece for readers who worry that someone close to them might be suicidal. It was called: “What to do When a Loved One is Severely Depressed.”
Not one of the many suggestions mentioned helping the person commit suicide or...
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