AFSP Chief Executive Robert Gebbia, as well as Ronald Pies, a psychiatrist associated with SUNY Upstate Medical University and Tufts University, Ronald Pies wrote letters-to-the-editor in response to David Brooks' New York Times Op-Ed entitled "The Irony of Despair."
Brooks' piece, in which he calls suicide "an act of chronological arrogance" and an "ironical situation," has garnered a wide range of responses online. Because of the reactions in the comments on the Op-Ed, AFSP felt it necessary to respond to some of his key points.
"The causes of suicide are complex, and often a result of anguish driven by mental illness. Suicide is a tragedy and one that we are working to prevent by funding research on the brain, partnering with public and private organizations to design effective interventions, and support those who have suffered a loss," Robert Gebbia writes, concluding: "There is nothing ironic about suicide"