This morning I read an article about a beautiful UPENN track star that jumped to her death. Coincidentally, I just found out that someone jumped from the parking deck right across from my dorm this afternoon. On twitter, everyone is speaking out. There are tweets saying “suicide is not the answer” “think before you bully” and so on.
Now, I know I may seem harsh and cold, but I can’t stand it when something like this happens and all of a sudden everyone is an advocate for *insert cause/awareness.*
I’m am saddened by the fact that two people, full of life and unknowing to the great things they could have accomplished in life and may still accomplish, decided to take their lives. It’s terrible.
But the thing is, I see people (the same ones that are now advocating for Suicide Awareness and prevention) posting things to friends like “kill yourself” or “I wish I could die I hate this class” and such. Yeah it may be a joke but to some people it isn’t. And if you’re going to say those type of things to someone, don’t go advocating for a cause that you may unknowingly be working against with a joke to your friends.
Suicide and death aren’t jokes. They aren’t anything to be joked about. Jokingly telling someone to “kys” isn’t funny either. I fall victim to this too. We all do and we all have at one time or another. But don’t jump on that awareness wagon if you aren’t going to commit 100% everyday in every thing you do for it. The people who weren’t lucky enough to have someone always be there for them deserve better than that.
I’m sorry if I have offended anyone. I express my deepest condolences to the families and friends of all that have had to deal with these and other tragedies of the like.