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Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

It's difficult to know when someone will actually kill themselves and we don't know the conversation or the friendship between Friend B. But it's pretty simple if someone threatens suicide people, doctors should take that seriously. I'm surprised and saddened she felt she had no other options. I'm saddened the system failed her. What a tragedy for such a beautiful spirited compelling person. I had met her on a few occasions at exhibitions. I found her work very fascinating. What a loss to the Burlington art scene and for her family. I lost friends and an aunt to suicide. It's painful for those left behind questioning and if you've never been there don't pretend like you know what that's like. Condolences to her family and friends.

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Posted by Katherine Taylor McBroom on 10/27/2016 at 3:06 AM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

I have gone with people who are suicidal to the UVM Emergency Department and been told there are no beds in either the ER or the psych ward. We have been treated with disrespect and lack of concern. I know of a woman in need of a bed who was held by the police in detention before a bed could be found. What we have is an appalling lack of beds for the seriously suicidal patient, and a shocking disregard for those who claim to be suicidal by the PAs and Nurse Practitioners who triage the patients at the ER. Until mental illness is treated with the same care as heart attacks or seizures, the deaths will continue. We lost a tremendous artist in this situation. Children lose parents. The State of Vermont is failing in the treatment of the mentally ill and suicidal. What happened to the medical mantra of "First, do no harm?" I blame UVM too.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 10/26/2016 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

One more tragic reminder that mental health care in Vermont is seriously lacking. Darhsana clearly needed help and those who should have helped her blew her off. Confidentiality laws make it nearly impossible for friends and parents to assist a mentally ill person even when that person realizes they need help. Unfortunately the sicker one gets, the less able they are to seek help or agree to it. A vocal segment of advocates for the mentally ill have done a great disservice opposing mental hospitals and medication. Now we have far too few skilled hospital beds and people in crisis seem to be evaluated by poorly skilled personnel. Certainly the man who killed 5 teens was reportedly only seen by a PA. I wonder if Darhsana was actually seen by a well qualified psychiatrist before she went to Assist? For someone who was out of control and stopping medication or substances risk of breakdown was even worse. All patents in crisis should be able to get an immediate screening by a psychiatrist and be transferred to a hospital psychiatric bed. If a person's behavior seems to warrant it they need to sign a 48 hour hold at the time they first ask for help as they will be more receptive to signing at that point. They could always be discharged sooner if a competent MD decided they didn't need the help. Until we have an adequate number of psychiatric beds and psychiatrists we are going to continue to have ruined lives and deaths. Sadly I fear the only thing that will bring about change will be huge lawsuits.

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Posted by Beverly Frost on 10/26/2016 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

A message to dtl61
Dear madam we really understand that you had experienced with your husband suicidal and I am so sorry for what happened to you and also your kids but it's not the same keys here and you are out of subject and I would like to advice you that you should see a psychologist and talk about your experience better than defending others that you don't even know and put them at your place because all your comment about experiences that narrating you not someone that you have no idea about him or her

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Posted by Pedro Colapser on 10/26/2016 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

My sister was murdered after leaving a mental health facility. Our family asked that she be kept in the facility longer than two weeks. The doctor in charge said it would take too long to go before a judge to get her committed longer. She was psychotic and had refused to eat for days. They told her if she ate, they would release her. She ate a yogurt and was released on her own without telling any family. She is dead. This happened in New York.

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Posted by Michele Nappi on 10/26/2016 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

That person, referred to only as "Friend B" in the state report, told ASSIST staff that Darshana had spoken of hanging herself. "The friend was assured that the client would be safe on the unit," the report reads. Around 6:40 p.m. Friend B asked to go out to smoke a cigarette with Darshana. Staff allowed them to exit the building together.

Within 20 minutes, Friend B returned without Darshana and then left, too. When Darshana had not come inside by 7:15 p.m., a staff person went outside to look for her to no avail. The police came, searched unsuccessfully for her and issued a missing-persons report.

I have a question that I would love to know , if the friend B is the one who asked to smoke a cigarette why he should return alone after 20 min and then left ? Where he left her specially he is the one who assured the unit that she wanna hang herself ? Sorry but it doesn't look like a suicide to me !!!!!!!!

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Posted by Pedro Colapser on 10/26/2016 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

As a survivor of a suicide attempt living with clinical depression I find this whole premise disturbing. If someone wants to end their life they will, unless a couple things happen. 1) They change their mind. Or 2) They get lucky and survive. (My case). I can't keep anyone alive, just like I can't keep anyone sober. No matter what Hollywood tells me. This takes time and attention away from moving towards a solution that actually works. Wake up folks.

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Posted by Dan Falby on 10/26/2016 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

I'm sure your intentions for this article were to inform about the perils of mental health, but you went a different route. Instead of offering details into the failed actions of those who were supposed to protect Darshana, you chose to revisit her death with all the horrible details. This is amature jeornalism at its best.

Maybe think about your audience since this is local and people who were close to her may read this.

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Posted by alienswearplaid on 10/26/2016 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

mistaking grief for unserved justice serves no purpose but to make matters worse. I am shocked that so many people feel it is absolutely fine blaming others for what can only be described as a tradgey. I spent years trying to keep my husband alive. I did everything but to no avail. People blamed not only me but our children who were just teenagers. It was horrible. When I posted how hurtful blame can be people immediately began disliking the post. What is wrong with people. I would say ask yourself what you did to help before criticizing others for not doing more.

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Posted by dtl61 on 10/26/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

Why is there no trigger warning on this extremely graphic article?

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Posted by Amelia Devoid on 10/26/2016 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

Sometimes words are the only weapons left at our disposal, when justice goes unserved. Alas, thank providence that the pen is still mightier than the sword.

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Posted by Kimberley Taylor on 10/26/2016 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

It is very easy to call a person a monster, or say her death was avoidable. Clearly you have never dealt with a person who was suicidal, or tried to prevent someone from taking their life when they were determined to do it. People please think before you speak. Words hurt.

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Posted by dtl61 on 10/26/2016 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

This is very sad but people need to stop the blame game. If someone is determined to kill themselves it is nearly impossible to stop them. I know this from experience. I also know what it is like to live with people who point their fingers and ask why you ever allowed it. My children have had people blame them for their fathers suicide. It is beyond hurtful. Suicide takes a huge toll on everyone involved, including the people who tried to help. It is hard enough to deal with the effects without people blaming you for it. No one causes another to do this.

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Posted by dtl61 on 10/26/2016 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Too Soon: Could the Suicide of a Burlington Artist Have Been Prevented?

Heartbreaking to see how many points of failure where she could have been treated. I don't understand why Friend B was allowed to come back without her- I'm angry that someone had that last moment to help her and didn't. What a monster.

I don't think you could understand the magic of Darshana unless you experienced it up close. She was a ball of light, guffaws, smiles and deep glittery art. She filled my heart with hope and love and a desire to be more alive. I can't describe the void her loss has left for all that loved her.

Thank you Seven Days for honoring her memory- and raising awareness, this was completely avoidable and I hope it leads to changes in the Mental Health system at the Howard Center. Shine on Darhsana.

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Posted by Britten Traughber on 10/26/2016 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Vermont's EpiPen Problem Is About Price and Politics

I agree other alternatives should be explored & developed and the Mylan monopoly crushed.

Unfortunately, the above suggestion while inexpensive is simply not feasible. When experiencing anaphylaxis, the immediate shutting down of multiple body systems, a syringe & a vial would be next to impossible to navigate for an adult, let alone a child or parent of a child fighting to survive.

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Posted by Krista Gaffney Metivier on 09/18/2016 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Vermont's EpiPen Problem Is About Price and Politics

What you said! Combat Capitalism with Capitalism! And perhaps someone could convince the federal government to remove, or at least reduce the barriers to creating a generic version of EpiPen, like what THOSEGREENMOUNTAINS said above!

Posted by Fat Boy on 09/16/2016 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Waiting to Inhale: Lawmakers Consider Raising Smoking Age to 21

18 is the age of legal adulthood. We need to allow consumers to make their own decisions when it comes to things like this and stop trying to add costly legislation around it. This is obnoxious. Yes, smoking is bad for you - everyone knows that. But an adult should be allowed to make his/her own decisions when it comes down to it. Unless we raise the voting and military age to 21, I will never support this. I also believe the drinking age should be lowered to age 18, and all illicit substances should be decriminalized (except for use/sale/transport by a minor, of course). Vermonters can, in fact, take care of themselves if given the tools and opportunity to do so. Let's stop treating our citizens like children and let them make their own ways.

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Posted by ThoseGreenMountains on 09/16/2016 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Vermont's EpiPen Problem Is About Price and Politics

Perhaps the state should look at alternatives to the EpiPen since nobody requires access to the brand name. A simple vial of epinephrine and a syringe would cost consumers about $14 per injection, which is less than half a percent of what Mylan charges. Sometimes, convenience is costly. I don't blame Mylan for wanting to make money. Mylan is an innovative health care corporation. I would look to the FDA for allowing patents that block competition, and I would look at insurance carriers, including Medicaid and Medicare, to add better consumer protections. Why not remove the EpiPen from the formulary list and offer patients epinephrine with a syringe instead? Mylan simply charges for the convenience of the spring-loaded dispensing mechanism.

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Posted by ThoseGreenMountains on 09/16/2016 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Vermont's EpiPen Problem Is About Price and Politics

Its all blood money and supported by american capitalism which means that people die in this country because they can't afford medications, everyday, while there are multi-millionaires running this companies.

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Posted by Mark Montalban on 09/14/2016 at 5:25 PM

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