21-year-old Oliver Jordan, a legal assistant based in Tulsa, Oklahoma wasn’t expecting to be in debt of nearly $100,000 dollars when he thought about taking his life [1]. Jordan knew he was suicidal, but he was terrified of the outrageous costs of standard mental care and psychotherapy, so he delayed treatment until it got out of hand.

Despite spiraling into a coma, Jordan survived the ordeal, and he had to spend a week in the hospital. He underwent a lot of more tests, scans, and was placed on high-end medication routines. At the end of the week, he racked up an astonishing $93,000 bill.

In a post that has garnered 26.2K likes, he shared the bill on his Twitter page with the caption: “This is how expensive it is to attempt suicide in the US.”


General laboratory work accumulated $29,000, respiratory services cost $16,000, and his room cost $10,000. There were a lot of other outrageous items on the bill that could cause a person to develop a heart attack.

Insurance saves the day

Speaking to New York post, Jordan said [2]: “I was unconscious before the ambulance arrived. Receiving bills and notices for something that will likely take me years to pay off is…disheartening,” he says. “It leaves a hopeless feeling.” He explained that he’s under a lot of stress and emotional strain from the constant barrage of bills coming at him from all directions.

Oliver says he has insurance to cover most of his medical bills, which is something he’s heavily thankful for. Unfortunately, he still needs about $2,850 to cover his outstanding expenses. He admits that he’s lucky he’s got insurance covering him, because “for someone who couldn’t afford insurance, this would be utterly catastrophic.”

He also tweeted that he developed other problems upon waking up from the coma.

“Probably idk, within minutes of me waking from my coma, they were taking me to their psych floor and wouldn’t tell me about any of my treatment. I found out toward the end of my stay I at some point got pneumonia and MRSA while there but they didn’t treat either past diagnosis.”

Apparently, Jordan isn’t the only victim of outrageous post-suicide bills. A comment read:

“This!!! In 2017 I was in the psych ward because I was suicidal, I stayed a weekend. I’m now 10k in debt.”

Caring for suicidal people

The most important thing to do is to never judge them. Whether they’ve attempted it before or are acting like they want to, never make a suicidal person feel like they are crazy or out of sorts with the rest of the world. They are already going through a lot, and only love, support, kindness, and care can soothe the pain and heal their wounds.

Sometimes, it’s not easy to tell if someone close to you has suicidal tendencies. The signs may come after they’ve battled depression, anxiety or mental conditions for a long time. Other times, suicidal behavior could be triggered by a traumatizing event or a series of unfortunate circumstances happening all at once.

Don’t let them try to find solace in drugs and alcohol. These things would most likely worsen the condition and cause them to spiral deeper into the dark hole. No matter how much they push you away, show them true love and stick around. Hang on tight and pull them up. Take them out to bustling, bright and cheerful places, talk to them, bring up the good times, engage in fun activities, and most importantly, convince them to go get professional help.

If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence, please don’t suffer alone. Call Samaritans for free on their anonymous 24-hour phone line on 116 123. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, you can get help by contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

References:

  1. 21-Year-Old Left With $93k Hospital Bill After Attempting Suicide. Emily Brown. Unilad.
  2. Man shows shocking health care cost of his attempted suicide. Lauren Steussy. New York Post. April 18, 2019.
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