Posted by shar on June 12, 2003, at 17:23:35
In reply to Re: Expectations of the board with suicidal ideation » noa, posted by zenhussy on June 11, 2003, at 21:14:35
> I just hate to see such nastiness directed at a mentally ill person in pain as I am also a mentally ill person who lives in pain most of the time.
As are the majority of us, I believe. Except for those blessed few who have come out the other side.
I am not aware of nastiness being directed toward a suicidal post, except in cases where somebody said "why don't you go ahead and do it" which raised a great hue and cry from almost everyone of us, who were horrified! Perhaps my mind has left me for the moment and I've forgotten nastiness directed at people in terrible pain.
I think, at worst, people who suspect someone is not in trouble, will refrain from responding. If someone appears to be in trouble, I believe the majority of the posts are sympathetic and urge the poster to 'get help!' asap.
The real world does not allow us, without a certain amount of invasion of privacy, to contact or make sure a presumably suicidal poster is ok. And, that has been done (contact) with disastrous results, which, imho, should not be repeated. This thread may help clarify for some what they can and cannot expect here.
And, while it is a sad comment on life, it may be that one has nowhere else to turn...but I have a hard time believing that unless they are in the bush in Austrailia or wilds of Africa, or some places in Texas. There is almost without exception an emergency room somewhere. And, for folks who *don't* need an ER, there is us.