Photograph by Dorothea Lange

Do you remember seeing pictures of people jumping out of windows during the stock market crash of 1929? I’m no economist, but I’ve always believed that the health of a nation is reflected in the health of its citizens. It’s not rocket science. Happy citizens living in a healthy society generally enjoy good mental health. The news filtering up from our emergency room this weekend wasn’t good. It seems that history is beginning to repeat itself.

If you really want to get the scoop on what’s going on in your community, just start eavesdropping on the conversations going on in your local emergency room. Police officers and EMTs that drop by tell ER nurses and doctors about what’s happening in town. The news this week wasn’t good. Several people from our community have committed suicide within the last two weeks. EMTs and police who responded to the 911 calls told nurses that the victims had just lost their jobs and were facing foreclosure on their homes. The stories reminded me of the 90 year old from Ohio who tried killing herself as she was being evicted from her home. Personally, I think the wrong people are killing themselves, and I’d like to invite the Wall Street A-Holes who created this economic mess to start jumping out of windows just like they did in the good old days. As a side note, it took about 25 years for the stock market to recover from the crash of 1929. I have a feeling that things are going to get worse before they get better.