“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”
― Albert Camus
This time I decided to write about a very important topic, not just on Spray Can, but on Social Media in general. This issue can affect everyone, so I really hope, you’ll read it and will take it to heart. This post is about suicidal tags and statements on Spray Can.
You might sometimes think, that people writing something like “I’ve had enough. I don’t want to live any more” are doing this on purpose, just to attract attention. But you actually cannot know, whether it’s true or not. In fact, truthfulness is a common issue of Social Media.
So what if you realize that someone on the app decided to commit suicide? How can you protect someone from actually doing it? First of all, you have to take for granted, that those tags or comments are for real. No jokes, no complains. Try to get a deeper understanding of the situation. People who really are experiencing suicidal thoughts, are very vulnerable. So please don’t forget about the possible consequences.
Those, who really are having suicidal thoughts, should know, that they’re not alone. With time and support you can overcome your problems and the pain, which have caused your suicidal thoughts. There are several rules, you should remember in a moment when you’re thinking about committing suicide.
No matter how strong are your feelings, make a promise to yourself not to do anything drastic as long as you cannot command your feelings. Furthermore, avoid alcohol and drugs. These things can make your thoughts and feelings even stronger. In addition, make your home safe. Remove everything you could use to hurt yourself. And, finally, reach out to someone who can help you. If you don’t know who to turn to, here are some valuable contacts:
In the U.S. – Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). These toll-free crisis hotlines offer 24-hour suicide prevention and support. Your call will be free and confidential.
Outside the U.S. – Visit IASP or Suicide.org to find a helpline in your country.
Make the right choice, take it seriously. Life is too precious to be wasted.