I don’t want to justify suicide as much as teach people how necessary understanding is in order to reach people who are in danger of committing suicide. If your depression was egging you on to commit suicide would you go to this person for help? This kind of smug self-righteousness only makes the problem worse and forces more people who are contemplating suicide into greater secrecy. If one truly wants to help people from embracing suicide as a solution, it is absolutely necessary to consider their point of view instead of slandering them as cowardly or selfish. Why they are doing it according to THEM and not what you think is vital to truly help them. This attitude doesn’t and only serves to shame (which, with depression, only makes things worse.)
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This. Suicidal tendencies aren’t often obvious. If you talk like this about suicide in front of one of your friends who might be struggling, guess who isn’t going to ask you to help them? Seriously, don’t be an asshole. You do not know who’s suffering, and you could be making your friend’s problem worse.
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And it’s wonderful for you that you never did, and I’m serious about that, but depression has an actual biological effect on the brain; there are quite a few theories about the mechanism of how it starts, but it’s absolutely a physical phenomenon. Just because your depression did not manifest with suicidal thoughts does not mean people who do have them can “just snap out of it”. Your neurons are actually damaged. Just saying “oh I am going to feel better now” will not fix that. That sort of thinking is counter-productive, and I’m honestly not going to respond to you again after this message because of your ignorance.
Then they are already lost. Leave mental disorders and other variables such as those out of this discussion. Unless they themselves can overcome their shortcomings they have lost the game of life. They have much bigger things to worry about than suicide.