Surviving the dark ages of mental health treatment
When Karen Ross talks about surviving two suicide attempts in rapid succession 30 years ago, it becomes clear that she stayed alive in spite of, rather than because of, the mental health treatment she received at the time.
Now 62, her first suicide attempt bears all the hallmarks of a classic cry for help. As determined as she thought she was then to end her life, the circumstances of that attempt seem to indicate that a part of Karen still wanted to live. Sitting alone at an outside picnic table outside a Dairy Queen in full view of the customers inside, she began to slowly ingest the contents of a clear plastic bag she had with her and washing them down with a Diet Coke. One of the patrons called 911 and she was rushed to hospital in time to save her life.