“Suicide is not a rational act. It is an act of desperation, carried out after a monumental struggle.“
If only we could all form a safety net for those who can’t see a way out of their suffering! Please Don’t Jump is a FB page dedicated to just that effort. The gallery of photos is a monument to human compassion.
Read about how media can help prevent “copycat” suicide by responsible reporting.
Death should never be romanticized. People who jump are not in their right mind. When you jump, you take the rest of us with you. It’s not a solution. It is endless trauma. It’s not a gay issue or a bullying issue, it’s depression and hopelessness. We need to stop talking about cyberbullying and start talking about support for those who are vulnerable.
Some organizations were calling for a moment of silence tonight, to mourn the recent spate of suicides. Silence won’t help. I’m calling for a vow to reach out to a troubled friend, family member, loved one or stranger. Remind them how much they are needed. You might not be able to help, but it will never be a waste of time.