contrex, when you lost your partner, did you feel like you could have stopped his or her own suicide? HAd you only been smarter to detect the signs?
Oh wow a smart ass. She was compulsorily detained in a mental hospital. She was diagnosed with a serious disorder of affect. Previous to this, she had left home and gone to live in a trailer in Wales. While there she tried (and nearly succeeded) to cut off her left hand with a bow saw. It hung by a flap of skin only. She nearly died from blood loss, but eventually the hand was reattached. She was allowed to stay with me for a weekend, and I found her trying to electrocute herself in the bath. She deceived people into thinking she was "better" and used the relaxation of vigilance to try again to kill herself. The hospital proposed releasing her to the care of her parents. They lived far away and didn't know the facts of her illness. I warned the doctors that she would succeed in killing herself if that happened, but they ignored me. She fooled her childhood best friend into taking her out for a day trip and during that, into letting her go alone into a pharmacy, where she bought acetaminophen (paracetamol) and later she surreptitiously took 100 tablets. (She had been a nurse and knew what this would do.) She was dead 4 days later. It was her sixth attempt. So, No, I couldn't have stopped it, and Yes, I saw the signs.