Maybe Dana Ferrari, who found her way under a train in Manhattan, was having a bad day, at least inside herself. To those she had contacted, she seemed in the New Year's frame of mind. We depressives understand fully the pull trains of all kind - long distance, commuter, and short haul subway - have on the suffering psyche. Some days that siren call is more intense than others.
In his breakthrough book "A First-Rate Madness," Tufts psychiatrist Nassir Ghaemi chronicles how depressives Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill were kept busy all the time with thoughts about how they could hurl themselves toward death. That means of escape from their mental pain likely allowed them to keep living. Suicidal ideation has its place in the evolutionary scheme of things.
Perhaps I might be reading in but there have been times when I lived in Manhattan that I could always follow on people's faces their one internal stories of whether to dive in front of the Number Six subway train or hang in to try to get through another day. Some experts claim that depressives have a better hold on reality than optimists. My read has always been on closely watched trains as a preoccupation for the depressive set. Around the world, we are growing in number. No one knows why. So, the World Health Organization (WHO) will have to come up with a big pow-wow to discuss what to do about the "train problem."