Social media can help prevent suicides, provide an outlet

Taylor Freyer and Taylor Freyer

Has there ever been a time in your life where you feel as if you have absolutely no one to turn too? If you haven’t, imagine if everyone who has listened to you is not there to listen anymore.

If you have had a moment like this, what was something you did to release yourself from this terrible burden?

Was it simply just jotting down your emotions on a piece of paper? Or, was it something much more?

Many people have different ways to express their emotions, whether through a piece of paper, verbal communication with another person or posting a comment to your favorite social media network.

As I was writing this column I stopped and thought to myself, “Posting my personal business to a social media network for everyone to see would be the last thing I’d do,” however, in recent months (because of posting their most personal thoughts, emotions and information), social media networks have recently saved the lives of many teenagers and young adults.

Many people find themselves revealing personal emotions and thoughts within these social media networks when they have no one else to confide in.

According to Yahoo! News, Noah Brocklebank, a seventh-grade boy, confessed his plan of suicide on Instagram. He posted revealing pictures of cuts on his arm with a disturbing caption stating: “Day of scheduled suicide: Feb. 8, 2013, my birthday.”

Brocklebank was later hospitalized for depression and anxiety. During his hospitalization, Brocklebank’s mother created an awareness page on Facebook seeking letters for Noah’s 13th birthday, hoping to gain support.

She opened a P.O. Box thinking she would only receive a few letters, however, she received thousands of letters for Noah.

Months later, letters were still pouring in from all over globe, including Antarctica.

One post on a social network saved and supported his life.

If he had not posted his personal emotions, something bad could have resulted from his depression and anxiety disorders.

I am not supporting that turning to your favorite social media network during a crisis is the best solution for a problem, but it is better than nothing.

A cry for help is the only thing needed for a voice to be heard and a life to be saved.

If anyone sees something in the social media network that does not seem like it belongs there, report it to someone who can help that person. Life is too precious.

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