I know it's horribly insensitive and selfish of me to say, but apparently they're really easy to get here and I am sick of receiving regular calls from my tired and hard working husband telling me that he is going to arrive home from work late again due to yet another "accident grave de voyageur" on his train line. A percentage of these "accidents" likely are just that, but I think it's a common assumption that most are suicides.
A few months ago a study on the use of antidepressants in France was published. On this topic, a student told me that the only reason French use more antidepressants compared to other countries, namely the U.S., is because France has the best health care system in the world. Thus, if a French person feels even mildly depressed, he or she can visit the doctor and receive antidepressants and sleeping pills compared to depressed Americans who must suffer in pain. Maybe she's right. I have no idea. Although, she is the same person who told me this.