Sunday, April 13, 2008

Why Did John Ma Kill Himself?

Today, the PNJ writes about Pensacolians who are remembering the life of John Ma. The business owner killed himself in his downtown restaurant on Thursday morning.

The paper shies away from talking about why Ma took his life. Today’s story says, “Friends didn't want to speculate about Ma's death in the immediate aftermath”.

I think we should start talking about why of Ma killed himself. The quicker we talk about the causes, the quicker we can prevent this from happening in the future.

I suspect Ma was stricken with depression and it led to his suicide. The PNJ quotes downtown merchant Bill Dollarhide, who said, “He was just very quiet and sad.”

Mental illness is a common cause of suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s website says, “Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.”

Does anyone know if Ma had a history of depressive episodes?


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Pamela Carlson said...

The picture you see... I was there that day. He and I fished sun up to sun down. I have other pictures from that day. He and I were like best friends for awhile. I was there when his dog China was hit by a car. I helped bury the poor puppy. John gave me a wasbi bomb one day that about killed me , the terd =). I got pregnant and had to move away. I wish I would have kept in touch I feel like I could have done something but I know why he did it, I always had an Erie feeling because of what he told, I just didn't believe... I gave birth to my daughter 04/10/08 and Shawn called and told me the news. =( it sucks . two years later my dad did it. Could someone tell me where John is buried.