"Bill Walton [great basketball star] says in a new interview that he considered suicide after being fired as a commentator by ESPN in 2009." - Chris Spargo, Daily Mail, March 29, 2016. Here is the article.
In his reality television days, Donald Trump made "You're Fired" a meme. That resonated as a symbol of the best of capitalism. If you couldn't measure up to a certain high standard (The Donald's) you deserved to hear, "You're Fired."
That ignored the suffering that goes along with being fired. Yes, we do consider suicide.
The pain that goes along with being fired is being buried in the more recent meme of failure as a rite of passage. In Silicon Valley, they want to see it on your resume. And American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron, recently published the book "Fail Fail Again Fail Better."
On the way to failing better we can easily get stuck in severe financial distress, self-doubt, shame, lack of a meaningful routine, and no professional network.
Isn't it more humane to allow those fired to simply embrace how awful the experience is? And when they do, let's refrain from dishing the platitudes. Instead, we can listen to them as they try to sort out.