Last night on the popular television series House, one of the main characters, Kutner, didn't come to work. Two of his co-workers went to his home and found his body. It was a shocking and unexpected twist. It was immediately determined that he committed suicide. House wanted to believe he was murdered, so that he could have a puzzle to figure out, but there was no evidence to support his theory. Kutner's co-workers asked each other if anyone saw any signs that he was suicidal or depressed, but no one did.
At the close of the episode ended, there was a flash of white text on the screen with the logo, URL, and phone number for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), urging people to get help if they needed it or thought a loved one did.
Interestingly enough, the actor who portrayed Kutner, Kal Penn, asked if he could leave the show because he was offered a job at the White House! Congratulations, Kal!
I wish that the House tribute page for Kutner had the suicide hotline and additional information. I was pleased to discover the show has an ongoing affiliation with NAMI. All net proceeds from the sales of T-shirts sold through housecharitytees.com go to NAMI.
I'm cross-posting this at the readergirlz blog because I'm curious to see if anyone thinks Kutner's story parallels that of any of the characters in Impulse by Ellen Hopkins, this month's readergirlz book pick. What do Conner and Kutner have in common? Why do you think Kutner did what he did? Please leave comments below or at the readergirlz blog.