Before kick-starting this thread I did a search. The only real suicide-related thread I noticed was a thread looking for responses to whether or not a bridge, such as the Golden Gate, should be closed (or restricted) during a suicide attempt.
I was thinking about suicide (no, not doing it!) when I read the posts concerning Hunter S. Thompson.
I have known a few people who decided to end what most call "God's greatest gift."
A friend of mine from high school (and the brother of my high school best friend) decided in his mid-twenties to park his car on a farm road and use a hose to pump lethal fumes in. He was always a person "on the edge", so I wasn't really suprised.
Over the course of a two (2) year period, ending last year, two (2) of my wife's relatives died by their own hands. One (1) was a forty (40) year old lifetime serviceman. The other was a twenty-five (25) year old who jumped off a high bridge in North Carolina. These events, so close to each other in time, were real shockers to her family.
My neices' step-son also died in this manner, a few years ago. It was drug-related, but that didn't make it any easier.
I imagine there are a bundle of things that can get a person to think like this. Money problems, marital problems, work problems. People tend to handle pressure (or not handle it) in different ways.
It's still a shocker when it happens to somebody you know.