Suicide is serious.
Every since I had my first experience with suicide many years ago, nothing pains my heart more to know that someone took their own life, because they simply couldn’t bear to live.
When my own aunt intimated that she had these feelings, I did everything in my power to get her to see her value to herself and the world. On the outside, I was calm, but on the inside I was screaming “I don’t want to ever lose you!!”
And many of us have even had our own dark moments, but there’s always been that Saving Grace, that one thought, thing, or person that pulled us back…that one sliver of hope that prevented us from inflicting tragedy upon our own bodies.
A young person’s decision to commit suicide is incredibly tragic because we older folks can instantly feel the loss of potential, hopes, dreams…a parent outlives a child…and the cycle seems broken. And yet whether young or old, everyone’s life has value and there is always hope and a way out.
I devote much of my energies trying to education people about Social Media Safety because there are ill-willed people out there seeking to steal and destroy. As a teacher, I was once a victim of “cyber-bullying” and a man I know, who came out of a bad relationship, was made to look like a complete fool on Facebook after his account was hacked and embarrassing photos were posted. What if he had been on the brink of suicide and this pushed him over the edge? We can’t really ever know where a person’s mental state is, or who is hanging on by just a string (See Facebook on “Revenge Porn).
But even worse than the loss of property or dignity is the loss of life on account of cyber-bullying and hate crimes committed using social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and more.
Facebook has deployed a team of 3,000 to address crimes and suicides occurring by way of Facebook (See Facebook Suicide Prevention).