followme.org: People battling suicidal thoughts are immersed in a world beyond the physical; that means that uncovering motives for suicide requires community organizations and churches to look beyond a person’s physical life and well-being.
(PRWEB) August 23, 2012
Those searching for the motives behind a famous director’s suicide might need to consider spiritual and emotional factors that influence suicidal thoughts, says one suicide resources organization, followme.org.
That statement comes today as more details are revealed about Hollywood director Tony Scott’s suicide in Los Angeles on Sunday, including the discovery that Scott did not have outstanding health issues at the time of his death.
Despite having recovered several notes left by Scott, investigators have still not established a clear motive for Scott’s suicide, local law enforcement told the Los Angeles Times.
On Monday, ABC News reported that Scott had recently discovered a tumor in his brain which could have driven him to suicide. On Tuesday, however, Scott’s family members told the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office that report was incorrect and that Scott did not suffer from mental illness. There is no knowledge of any such tumor, officials from the Coroner’s office told the Times.
Also surfacing this week is an eyewitness report of a man who saw Scott plunge into the Los Angeles Harbor on Sunday afternoon. Scott allegedly parked his car on the suspension bridge spanning the Los Angeles Harbor, climbed out of his car, climbed up the 18-foot fence on the side of the bridge, and plunged to the water 185 feet below, according to the New York Daily News.
Eyewitness David Silva told the Los Angeles Times that he thought Scott’s behavior was part of an “extreme-sports” stunt. As soon as Scott leapt off the bridge, Silva called 911.
Scott, who directed the Hollywood blockbuster, “Top Gun,” leaves behind his wife and young twin boys. As authorities continue to search for a motive to Scott’s suicide, his former co-workers have begun expressing their grief over the loss of a friend and peer.
Tom Cruise, who worked with Scott on “Top Gun,” told the New York Daily News, “Tony was a dear friend and I will really miss him. He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable. My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time.” Cruise was reportedly working with Scott on production of a sequel to “Top Gun” at the time of Scott’s death.
If not mental illness or bipolar disorder, what would drive this successful director to suicide? Followme.org is a faith-based website that provides resources for individuals wrestling with suicidal thoughts and pressure to commit suicide. The organization says that Scott’s suicide shows the complex answer involved with the question of motive.
“Suicide can be a response to emotional, spiritual, or psychological trauma, meaning it could take a lot of work to uncover the pain that drove Tony Scott to his death. It was likely not a snap-decision for Scott; rather, it was likely the response to a drawn-out pattern of deep, below-the-surface suffering,” Pastor Jamie of followme.org said.
What do those “below-the-surface” motives mean for organizations committed to preventing suicides? “People battling suicidal thoughts are immersed in a world beyond the physical; that means that uncovering motives for suicide requires community organizations and churches to look beyond a person’s physical life and well-being,” Pastor Jamie said. For more information, visit http://followme.org.
Though Scott’s autopsy was performed on Monday, toxicology reports will not be available for several weeks.