Posted by alexandra_k on March 6, 2005, at 22:12:00
In reply to Then I'm missing something, posted by Dinah on March 6, 2005, at 20:49:16
I think the difference between expressing despair / ideation and expressing intent is tricky. A little like the difference between expressing an accusation and expressing ones feelings.
> If it's inappropriate to post suicidal intent on the board, what else is there but to slink off quietly and die without bothering anyone?
Well there is 911. There is the emergency room. There is the samaratins. There is lifeline or the equivalent. Perhaps there are other people in ones life. A therapist. A p-doc.
> 1) Say I've decided to go through with killing myself, but there's a small part of me that wants to be talked out of it, or given a reason to live. Is it inappropriate to post?
I don't see anything wrong with expressing that one is finding it hard to come up with reasons to live. But that is different from saying one will kill oneself if someone can't come up with a reason for you. There are other people that can be contacted.
> 2) I'm on my way out the door to carry out my plan, and I want to say goodbye. Is it inappropriate to post?
Same as above.
> 3) I've already carried out my plan, and am waiting for it to work. Ok, this wouldn't apply to me, so never mind.
But it may apply to others.
What do you think.
Is it fair on the posters here?
Asking for support is one thing...
Telling people you are going to kill yourself is another.