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11 May
2017
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The Recent Trend of Facebook-Live Suicide Streaming and What Can You Do To Stop It.

Last month, Arjun Bhardwaj, a 23-year-old college student, committed suicide by jumping from the 19th Floor of a hotel in Bandra.

What astounded all of us was him streaming his last and final moments on social media giving the world a tutorial on – How to Commit Suicide.

If you’ve seen the video or read our post you were as dumbstruck as we were.

Collectively all of us hoped that his suicide could spark a wave of acceptance for mental health and those suffering from it.

WRONG.

After the intensive research I soon dove into to find out more about him and his life one thing stuck by me – This might not be the last.

Sadly, I was right.

Recently, a Sonepat man hanged himself from a ceiling fan and live-streamed it on Facebook.

On his wall, he wrote that a woman had an affair with an Inspector and once he came to know about it, he confessed everything to her husband.

Soon after, he was threatened repeatedly by the duo.

Unable to cope with it, he committed suicide and streamed it live on Facebook.

Very soon another incident cropped up.

32-year-old Priyanka Jethalal Maru attempted to kill herself by jumping off of an under-construction building.

A lawyer by profession, she was trying to stream her final moments before her death on Facebook Live Stream.

Someone saw her and immediately alerted local authorities.

The police rushed to the spot and one Inspector, Shalini Sharma, trained in handling such situations, dissuaded her. She was taken into custody and admitted to a hospital in Parel.

She is now receiving counselling.

STOP IT AND NOW!

It’s worrisome, to say the least, what this recent trend of Live-Streaming Suicide means for our generation.

Believe me when I tell you. This will not be the last.

It’s really sad and heartbreaking to see how people of our generation believe that suicide is an option somehow. It’s NOT.

Believe me – I was there. I know where they come from.

If you’ve ever been suicidal or had suicidal thoughts – You know what I am talking about.

Let me break it down for you – Suicide is not an option. Even if you might think suicide will end your pain, it leaves a pile of misery and grief behind for those who cared about you.

As harsh as it might sound this one comment summarizes it and I 100 percent stand behind it –

It’s sad how people today consider suicide as a way out.

The future generation doesn’t need psychiatrists and shrinks, they need strong Teachers and Role Models who can teach them to be strong. 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO NIP THIS TREND AT ITS BUD?

Stop being an asshole. You don’t get what a person is going through – STAY AWAY.

Point in question are these tweet by the beloved and loved-by-all Piers Morgan in response to recent mental health statistics published by UK’s Mental Health Foundation which says 2 out of 3 people in the UK suffer from some kind of Mental Health problem.

His series of tweets said –

1) On Brad Pitts recent interview on GQ

I’m not convinced by this new trend of male public soul-bearing. Time for our gender to get a grip, methinks. Life’s tough- man up.

2) On the published statistics

34 million UK adults are mentally ill? What utter nonsense. Man up, Britain & focus on those who REALLY need help.  

This is what you NEED to abstain from. This is what drives people to end it.

If you don’t get it, don’t run your mouth on things you don’t understand.

Facebook has come up with proposed changes to their algorithm to help prevent such Live-Streams in the future and to get people who choose to end their life on their platform the help they need.

Read this article and educate yourself. 

Next time something similar pops up on your feed you can jump to action.

I wrote this very recently on our Facebook Page – Suicide Prevention is not at all as complicated as people make it out to be.

PROVE it to someone that you give an actual shit and I promise you they won’t resort to suicide.

In conclusion, this worrying trend of live-streaming your final moments on social media needs to stop.

And together we can end it.

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