Reblogged from epitaphfortheraceofman
Suicide prevention week is a prime example of what is wrong with the world.
Telling people that they shouldn’t kill themselves is not going to keep people from wanting to kill themselves. At best, it may keep an individual from actually following through with the act of…
Most people — over 90% — who are talked down from the Golden Gate Bridge do not go on to commit suicide.
Where the hell did that piece of information come from? How would you even test for that? More to the point, what makes you think it’s OK to say something that weird without a source or a link?
Just about everyone who survived jumping from it (there are a few) regretted it the instant they started falling.
I think that happens whenever anyone does anything new or drastic, whether it’s good or bad: “OH SHIT WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING!”
The OP is dead wrong about everything that has to do with suicide, especially the idea that “suicide prevention week is a prime example of what is wrong with the world.” How does someone even reach that conclusion?
Because it celebrates the superficial? Because depression is an actual condition and not curable by having special weeks or by telling people not to kill themselves? Because it gives people the illusion of helping without having to actually do anything? Because people own their bodies and they’re entitled to do whatever they want with them? Because maybe the whole suicide thing is a bit more complicated than someone reblogging a link about Suicide Prevention Week?
What’s the point of this week? To raise awareness of suicide? WE ARE ALL AWARE OF SUICIDE! Job done. What else? To convince people with suicidal tendencies to talk to someone, to get help for their mood disorders? That might be a good thing I guess. I don’t know; there’s no way to tell. Is there one person who gets help as a result of this stupid Week of the Week that wouldn’t have got help some other week? Good luck demonstrating that one way or the other.
And even if they do, maybe they’ll find out that their lives are, in fact, completely shitty. Evidence has shown that depressed people have a more realistic view of the world than non-depressed people. Maybe depression is the natural result of people who understand how the world works. Maybe they’re paying more attention than you or me.