There’s been a lot of posts on social media about depression since the news of Robin Williams’ death broke. That’s probably a good thing. When something sad happens, it is nice if something positive can come of it. And making more people aware of the seriousness of depression is certainly a good thing. Yet, two types of posts that I’ve seen repeatedly have really annoyed me.
The first is the one that says something to the effect of, “Share if you would stay up all night to talk someone out of suicide.” What kind of person would be despicable enough to go to sleep while believing that someone may kill themselves? “Well, I’m tired and I’ve gotta be up early. If you do decide to kill yourself, please go into the bathroom so it’s not too hard to clean, OK? Thanks.” Come on, no one’s that cold. Plus, there’s an underlying implication that people would still be alive if only someone had been willing to stay up with them. It’s hard enough on friends and family without people suggesting crap like that.
The second one is the one that says something like, “Be kind, you never know what troubles that person is dealing with.” This bothers me mostly because there are about a million reasons to be kind, and the fact that a person might be dealing with something really isn’t one of them. Be kind because it’s the right thing to do. Kindness begets kindness. The golden rule and such. If the reason to be kind was because someone might be dealing with something, is it ok to be a jerk as long as you’re sure the person isn’t dealing with anything?
Anyway, that’s my little rant. I want you to be kind, regardless of what other people might be going through. And if you really think someone might kill themselves, call a medical professional or take the person to the hospital. You won’t get a good night’s sleep, but at least the person might get the help they need.