It amazes me how many times people do or say something that they think is profound or helpful when it’s really not.
I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed and saw this:
I kknow so many people think this is fantastic. “Oh, if I just wear a shirt that tells strangers that they’re needed, instead of investing any time in their lives, and despite whether anyone in that person’s life treats them like they matter, I can save a life!”
I won’t say that CAN’T happen, but I will say it’s unlikely.
This is how someone who is in that position is likely to take such a shirt:
You see, a flippant remark on a t-shirt by a stranger is highly unlikely to “convince” someone to not be suicidal. I think it also shows an ignorance of suicide. It’s not like someone just “feels” suicidal because they “think” the world doesn’t need them. It’s so much more complex than that. Suicide will never be solved with a “happy thought” or a phrase printed on a t-shirt directed at anyone and everyone.
I think part of what people don’t understand about suicidal thoughts and mental health in general is that the battle is really an internal one. Anyone looking at my life only from the outside would be shocked to learn that I routinely battle with both depression and my eating disorder.
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