“Several years ago I was engaged to a man named Dan. At the time, I was 29 years old, no longer a child by anyone’s standards. It wasn’t blind puppy love, or infatuation. I had already been married once, and had a 3-year-old daughter.
Dan was to me, the most perfect man I had ever met. He was financially and emotionally stable. He had a job, a car, an apartment, and plans for a bright future. In the year that we were together, we never fought, indeed, I never saw any hint of emotional or psychological trouble.
One day, quite unexpectedly, I got a phone call from his sister. He was in the hospital. He had cut both wrists and been found, very close to death, in his apartment.
He had surgery to repair the physical wounds, and spent a week in the hospital’s psych ward to heal the emotional wounds. All…
We’ve all read the tragic stories of people committing suicide in front of a host of online “social network” friends. Sometimes, the online friends don’t take the threat seriously. Sometimes they have no idea where the person lives, or how to help them.
I think we are all aware of how much more open people can be with complete strangers, they may be much more likely to reach out to you and express their true feelings than they would their real life family and friends. Be prepared. I’ve done the grunt work for you, compiling a list of the most popular social networks with links on reporting suicidal content. Please share this post with others and save it for yourself in case you need it. You might just save a life!
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