40 minutes ago
tw for mild suicide/self harm topics.
why do I have a problem with this? oh I'll fucking tell you why, so buckle up ladies and gents.
this is, by far, the most infuriating thing in my life. I had a toxic friend in my past who when she was feeling down she'd tell that she was going to commit suicide and would make and guilt trip me into staying up nearly every single night convincing her not to, because it validated her and made her feel special. I lost so many sleepless nights and is seriously fucked up my mental health. no 13 year old kid deserves to carry that kind of thing around.
this beyond fucking stupid post guilt trips people into saying that they'd do this, when in reality, YOU SHOULD NEVER DO THIS, EVER. I'll tell you why.
1. it's going to fuck up your mental health. you think you'll be okay but honestly being someones therapist is so emotionally draining and no matter who they are to you, you don't deserve to carry their emotional baggage. that's not your responsibility.
2. it does more harm than good. if you think someone is genuinely going to kill themselves, you call their parents and/or 911 (or the emergency number equivalent). if you know they won't act on it and they just need to vent or feel validated, you don't lead them on because then they'll come to you. you are NOT a therapist with a degree, their mental health will NOT improve. speak to them/their parents/cps about getting professional help.
so quite frankly, no. I wouldn't stay up all night convincing someone not to commit suicide. •
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