Eighty per cent of people thinking about suicide send out a warning, and about 80 per cent of lethal suicides follow an earlier attempt.
if someone was showing signs of being at significantly higher risk from a fatal illness than the rest of the population, wouldn't you think they need help? would you dismiss them as attention-seeking, manipulative or just going through a teenage phase? would you write their behaviors of distress off under a subcultural label such as "emo" or "goth", as if self-injury and serious contemplation of leaving the world was something people did to be trendy or for amusement? yet this is what people do to us every day, even in communities and amongst friends where we should expect to feel safe.
this is part spur of the moment rant and part message to this community, i suppose -- that we won't ever do this to you.
spread the word if you want.