Not liking the answer to the question of why doesn't mean there isn't one. LaShonda ran out of ways to keep her life from getting any worse. There is no evidence she knew another way out. Options aren't instinctual and no one has come forward to say, "I told her about this or that resource."
Not until LaShonda's to-do list was too-gone did anyone step forward. Her words and actions were meaningful enough for reporters the day after, but not meaningful enough to call a help agency the day before. This habit of speaking knowledgably about the person after the fact debunks the myth that most suicidal people hide their pain too well for others to see it.
Until someone commits suicide, a lot of people think there's nothing they can do. After they're gone, help is no longer an issue. The suicidal person who cannot be stopped is rare. The person who could help but doesn’t is common.
It would've been handy if LaShonda had taken to the streets with a megaphone and announced her plans, but that isn't how it works. Suicidal ideation does not come with skywriting or declaration in 3D Technicolor. It does, however, come with a host of warning signs and risk factors.
Millions suffer with arms as laden and hearts as heavy as LaShonda's, and they're just as disregarded. When even our military servicemen and women who are among the most highly regarded members of our society have a hard time catching a preventative break, what chance does someone like LaShonda have?
Unfortunately, we've made it clear that the distressed person won't be news to us until they do something newsworthy.