No easy so­lu­tions to prob­lem

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CHRISTMANN •fromC1

She def­i­nitely wouldn’t have ended her life by step­ping in front of a freight train.

It’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to un­der­stand how deaths like my mom’s and Larry’s can hap­pen.

It’s hu­man na­ture to want some­one to blame. When we have some­one to blame, we know the source of the prob­lem and we can start fix­ing it.

But there are no easy so­lu­tions when it comes to men­tal ill­ness and home­less­ness. There aren’t even any dif­fi­cult so­lu­tions.

I don’t know if Larry truly wanted to spend his life outdoors or if that choice was merely the symp­tom of an ill­ness that put him in harm’s way. In the end, he lived and died on his own terms.

You might say people like Larry and my mom didn’t want help, so there is noth­ing we can do. I don’t know if that’s true.

But we should never stop try­ing to fig­ure it out.

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