It’s well-known that highly public suicides tend to inspire others to take their own lives. People who were on the fence before get emboldened to take the step themselves when they hear about other folks doing it.
I presume that’s a factor in the rash of people throwing themselves in front of Metro trains that has continued today; an as-yet unidentified person has been struck by a train at the Columbia Heights station and the investigators believe it was a deliberate action by the deceased.
If you’re considering suicide and feel emboldened by this, I wish you’d seek help. If you won’t, however, would you please just go drown yourself or something? Something that doesn’t drag other people down into your hell. I cannot imagine the trauma felt by the train drivers who find themselves barreling down on a person, unable to stop, and who will then have to live the rest of their lives with having been an unwilling participant in the death of another.