Today’s blog will be about something different, a topic that is huge in people’s mind, but not a huge topic out in the open. It’s sad. It’s a topic that a lot of us don’t understand.
The reason I bring it up is because I see a lot of news and articles about people killing themselves using Facebook live. Why? I mean the way I define suicide is when a person is sad, alone or they feel alone, and do not have an incentive to live. But what makes them decide to use technology to show millions of others how miserable, sad, and defeated they are? Is it to raise awareness? Is it to just call attention? Maybe they are looking for a reason to live. For someone to tell them that they are worth everything and that they are loved.
Sometimes all they do is post something, a hint, just a small piece of proof that they are planning their own death. Take for example, a young man in my town, 5 hours before hanging himself posted a song that spoke about death and what to do with him when he was dead. Another young man, also from my town, posted a video in which the speaker is trying to convince the person watching the video not to kill themselves. I believe the reason they do this is for a last call for help. It can even be the reason to kill themselves or not. Of course everyones story is different. But, as far as I have seen many of these stories end the same, “I would have never thought X person would’ve killed themselves”. Why not? Because we didn’t know them? Because we did not pay attention to all the warning signs? Because we were too busy handling our own lives we couldn’t give a second to someone else?
Many of the people who have killed themselves have had a past where they are not satisfied with who they are and what they do, they don’t love themselves and feel unworthy. They believe they have no reason to live. In fact, these people give hints. They actually do tend to ask for help, but sometimes they go to the wrong people and do not receive the help they need. Even when people claim that there were no warning signs, there always is. The warning signs are there if you chose to ignore them or neglect them, that is a different story.
So, is killing yourself on Facebook live or any other technological product or service that lets you broadcast your death to the world a right thing to do? Well it’s probably not the nicest thing to see. But as the years go by, suicide is listed as one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. So, broadcasting and showing people what happens when they are bullied, treated unfairly, and pushed around or maybe just ignored and neglected. If knowing that suicide one of the leading causes of death does not help with making it aware letting people know it exists and is happening, then maybe something like broadcasting will open people eyes. It is real. It is happening. It is a topic that we should all be aware of.