Today, our Social Media feeds are once again peppered with reports of another suicide broadcast on Facebook Live – This time involving a father and his 11-month old daughter in Thailand.
This incident comes just weeks after a very publicized and controversial Facebook Live video that showed a Cleveland man shooting an elderly man while using the social media site.
In reaction to the Cleveland video, Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook would do all it could to prevent such content in the future. The latest video out of Thailand was on the father’s Facebook page for roughly 24-hours before it was removed by Facebook – the Social Media giant has much work to do.
Aside from Social Media, we as a community also have a lot of work to do when it comes to mental health and suicide prevention. Mental health shouldn’t be a taboo topic to discuss and talk about.
Last week, Lady Gaga and Prince William got together over FaceTime to address mental illness and the shame that people feel. The video was released shortly after Prince William’s younger brother, Prince Harry, went public with the chaos caused by burring his emotions and grief in the wake of the death of his mother, Princess Diana, when he was only 12.
“My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mom, because why would that help? It’s only going to make you sad. It’s not going to bring her back,” the younger prince revealed. “On the emotional side I was like, right, don’t ever let your emotions be part of anything. I was a typical 20-, 25- 28-year-old running ‘round going, life is great, or life is fine.”
Prince Harry went though a period of time acting out in the public eye in reaction to suppressing his emotions. “It was 20 years of not thinking about it and then two years of total chaos. I couldn’t put my finger on it. I didn’t know what was wrong with me.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health challenges, support is available – there is ALWAYS someone to turn to if friends and family aren’t an option for you.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Suicide Prevention Resource Center: http://www.sprc.org
Working together, we can save lives.