People who as questions about killing themselves need help, not to be ignored! I'm pretty sure I just saw a question asking people if he should kill himself and GaG took it down and now i'm really concerned. GaG needs to stop doing this, these people need assistance and guidance. If the GaG admins/mods think its "innapropriate" or "a bad influence" well bs. If anyone has any suicidal thoughts or worries or problems PLEASE message me.
#1. To protect themselves from lawsuits. #2. To protect the asker from being misled by trolls, ignorant or inexperienced people. #3. They are sent a message containing various helpline numbers of trained professionals who can genuinely and eloquently help them. #4. Even I used to help them and yes I did it successfully with so many people here. It makes me happy whenever I see them smiling here but I don't do it anymore. After the introduction of "suicidal tendencies" guideline, I realised that I should not take the risk. It's very a serious issue. No matter how successful I was, it takes one inappropriate word to take the life of the person. #5. I request everyone to hit that red flag and report for "suicidal tendencies" whenever you see such questions. They'll be provided the best help possible. Believe.
I don't know if they do it or not, but I think it'd be a good idea for GaG to send a courtesy message to users when they delete those questions--they could include hotlines and links to more appropriate venues of support.
I think they don't want to deal with the stuff it creates or have any lawsuits from families, but being someone who did actually attempted it many years ago ( I'm fine now though ), I can honestly say that it helps to have people and stable minded folks to talk to about it.
simply because the community on here isn´t qualified to help... it may even make things worse. this is a serious topic where just one opinion might lead to a persons death. nobody wants this to happen.
Maybe not a good idea to open yourself up across the Internet. Im not belittling your age but I can't imagine your equipped to deal with someone who is contemplating sucide let alone the trolls who will bullshit and emotionally abuse u.
I KNOW RIGHT!! I had just read that question too, I wrote a long ass answer, like more than 1000 words, only to find out when clicking send that a mod had taken it down. I'm mad af, that guy could've used some help. I know GaG sends these people suicide hotline numbers and what not, but if the person wanted to call to those numbers he would have done it already. Sometimes the thing that can help people the most is support, advice and kind words from conplete strangers who may even feel or have felt the same way. This made me sad and angry. I'm glad you asked this question.
I agree with the others. It's a liability for the website, you get a mixed bag of replies, and it's not a good situation for untrained professionals. Plus it says right in the posting guidelines that posts encouraging or threatening suicide will be removed and the poster will be sent help.
But suicide is also a very (and I hate to word it this way) triggering topic. It's a sensitive subject that inspires a range of emotions in people. It's hard for survivors and relatives and friends of victims. It's really really hard.
And even though it is so kind and generous to offer to help someone it's better that you don't. The dynamic can turn unhealthy fast. Plus you might be playing into someone's sick game. I don't know if you're on tumblr or heard about the supernatural fandom losing its collective mind over a series of suicide hoaxes last year.
It was a bunch of stupid little girls running around faking their suicides and a bunch of other stupid kids believing them because they were goaded into believing people out of the goodness of their hearts. One person even tracked down one of the girl's parents because the kid *linked her tumblr and facebook* and it turned out the girl had done it before. I cannot even express the depth of my disgust. They didn't care who they hurt or what happened.
And do you know the worst thing? Suicide, especially teen suicide, is contagious. It's why news stations tend not to report on it.
That's why you can't feed into helping people. You need to get them professional help. Talking to siblings, parents, or random people on the internet does not save people. It hurts the people around them and it hurts the individual. It doesn't stop them or save them. The only thing that helps them is professional help.
This site's responsibility is NOT to convince people not to commit suicide. It contains many people who are inexperienced in suicide prevention and could possibly make the situation worse for the person who wants to kill themselves. When their post is removed, they get a message directing them towards appropriate suicide help lines where experts can deal with the issue appropriately, like they have been trained to do. Although I appreciate that you want to help them, I strongly advise you leave it to the people with formal training. Either report the question for 'Suicidal Tendencies', or give them the number to a suicide helpline.
I actually agree with you. Those question are a cry for help, and they shouldn't be taken down. Sometimes people just need a stable mind to talk to. In reality, people don't want to die, they just want to be saved.
Protect themselves legally if their parents sue them for their death of child if they found out their child got ideas how to kill themselves here or were being encouraged by stupid idiots who would say shit to fuel the depression.