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19 years old.
Died from a Suicide attempt that left her brain dead. Her parents made the hardest decision of their lives by turning off her life support.
She had a Tumblr account with over 900 posts sharing her emotional turmoil, dealings with depression, loneliness & thoughts about her wanting to take her own life.
The only response she got, was insensitive assholes, like the majority of people on Tumblr, encouraging her to do it. She was bullied consistently.
Olivia attempted to kill herself every year in May 1st since 2008.
In May 2012, her short life came to an end.
I know most people can’t tolerate posts like Olivia’s, whom find it attention seeking.
My point to you people is…
Of course it’s attention seeking what else it?! People share that part of themselves over the Internet because they obviously feel they can’t talk to anyone they know nor do they think anyone would care.
All I want is for people to cut out the bullying & talk to people like Olivia.
A conversation to someone in desperation could save their life.
If people can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
You never know…
What you say could be used to decide whether they live or die.
Unlike most people think, suicide victims often reach out to others for help. We need to change this stigma of labeling the expression of suicidal thoughts as negatively attention-seeking. Many of us have suicidal thoughts one time or another. It’s not attention-seeking. It’s normal.
What’s not normal is perpetuating those thoughts, e.g. “Yeah, go ahead since you keep talking about it!” or “You’re such an attention whore. Go do it instead of talking about it.” How is this okay? It’s become so common to hear “attention whore” in the discussion of suicide, especially when it’s done anonymously. People are reaching out online because it’s hard to get the words out face-to-face—to hear the words in your own voice out there in the real world. Why else do you think they share these thoughts online?
Not only does labeling them as attention-seeking overlook the seriousness of what they say, it causes others who want to speak up to remain silent, to keep the pain inside themselves, to keep the thoughts bouncing around in their own heads—to receive no help because they’re afraid someone is going to tell them they’re “just looking for attention.”
If it’s a serious problem, you need to seek attention. Attention-seeking for suicidal thoughts is a positive thing. It’s asking for help. It’s bravery to open up. Don’t ever be ashamed of that. Don’t ever be ashamed of seeking support. Speak and the people who matter will listen. These are the people who will help you get through this seemingly unbearable time in your life. Whether it’s five people or just one, don’t undermine the power of what even one person can do for you.
Memorize and save the hotline numbers in your phone or contact book. If not for you, then for someone else.