Shrink Two phoned me the other day and after we talked about my current depression, she said, “are you feeling suicidal…. I mean, any more suicidal than usual?” oh how we laughed. And despite that, I’ve been blogging about suicide prevention daily. Thing is, I don’t agree with the people and memes that say suicide is 100% preventable. I agree with the right to die. I agree that the world needs better education about suicide. Any day that focuses on things like suicide, is important. If it saves one life, everyone’s tax write offs will have been well spent. Getting people jazzed up about the goal of 100% prevention, is unrealistic bullshit. I think it’s vital to read posts like this one from Trash Diaries, as well as the other viewpoints.
The thing is, we all (yasss that’s muggles included yo) need to think and talk about this shit, before handing out lists of warning signs.
Here’s one suggestion for a solution. We tend to say that people “threaten suicide” – it’s not a threat. It’s a statement of pain and the inability to cope with any more of that pain. Frankly, “prevent” can be a brutal word too.
I have to pay someone to LISTEN to me about not wanting to be alive. It’s bullshit, isn’t it?
And why the suffering fuck are we focusing on changing people instead of trying to improve our conditions, society!?