Several Ways Facebook Can Stop Suicide Especially From Depressed Ones


Other Stories  Published on May 14, 2019


Wisdom Law (Iwu)

Facebook needs to do more to help its users especially those of them who are suffering from depression, bullying etc.

Right now is easier to say to  that Facebook is literally doing nothing to help stop depressed patients on their platform from committing suicide.

Am not saying that Facebook should fly to the persons location to stop him or her from the tragedy but there are things that are very simple and easy they can at least do to reduce the rate of suicide going on, on Facebook.

Communication

For instance Facebook needs to do more than just having a community forums, this means that Facebook needs to have a platform that enables them to easily communicates with their users when necessary and especially when they sensed suicide note on their page.

I believe that if Facebook can make this provisions available it will go a long way in stopping people from taking their own life.

counselling

Facebook needs to make counseling provision for all users suffering from depression.

When needed Facebook needs to council such ones and make them see the better aspects of life, give them reasons to keep fighting.

​​Imagine a scenario that a Facebook user posted a suicide note on his page, then suddenly he or she got a call or video call from who 'Facebook'? Do you know how exactly that will make them feel? I know, it will make them feel so important, loved and cared for.

Call Authorities To Assist

Facebook can help stop a suicide attempt by calling in the authorities using that persons locations, after all they have those information at their disposal so what's stops them from making attempt if they noticed a suicide attempt on someone's page?

Since we all have embraced social media as a way of life, we deserved to be safe irrespective of ones state of mind.

A young Nigerian poet committed suicide hours after he took to Facebook to write a suicide post that no one paid attention to.

Chukwuemeka Akachi | Photo Facebook

Chukwuemeka Akachi was a first-class final year student from the department of English and Literary studies at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, (UNN) he was suffering depression and spoke about it on a Facebook post hours before he took his life. Sadly, the post barely got any reaction as people thought he was simply seeking attention.

He wrote on Sunday, May 12th 2019, : "My mental health has been on life support for a while now. Thanks to those who call. Text. Visit. Speak to me. May we always remember. May we never forget. You may have added a few hours, months or days to my time here. But you know life support is expensive right? Thanks for trying. Amen."

Young NIgerian poet kills himself after leaving suicide note on Facebook

Then, on Monday, May 13th May 2019, just before he ended his life, he shared a post titled, "suicide note". In it, he made it clear that he was about to take his life. But very few paid attention to it until he followed through with the suicide.

His suicide note reads: "Suicide Note.
Forgive me. In case you are the one who found the body, I am really sorry. It had to be someone, you know. I have chosen Jo Nketaih’s poem as my suicide note: “They said you came looking for me. I didn’t drown; I was the water.” Where do atheists go to when they die? lol. Amen."

He allegedly consumed two bottles of a poisonous substance and was found by friends. He allegedly died at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozalla, where he was rushed to.

Young NIgerian poet kills himself after leaving suicide note on Facebook

Do you know how many other people who had died as a result of total negligence from social media giant Facebook?

If you believed that Facebook is not doing enough to help stop suicide on their platform just like me then you have help share this post so that Facebook will sit up, is either now or never!

 

3 Comment(s)

     
  • Happylaw commented on May 14, 2019 at 09:46pm

    Nice one newsblender

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  • Phil commented on May 14, 2019 at 09:59pm

    Terrible thing to hear, RIP young man

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  • Ihedimma commented on May 16, 2019 at 03:01am

    Nice write up.Apart from Facebook,the bible can also help any who feel like committing suicide. The Bible comes from “God, who comforts those who are downhearted.” (2 Corinthians 7:6) Although the Bible is not a mental-health textbook, it has helped many overcome suicidal thoughts.it gives practical advice on how to fight suicidal thoughts and even mentioned people wanted to die.The Bible also mentiond verses that can help one resist suicidal thoughts.What practical advice does the Bible give?

    ● Express your feelings.

    What the Bible says: “A true friend shows love at all times, and is a brother who is born for times of distress.”—Proverbs 17:17.



    Meaning: We need the support of others when we have distressing thoughts.



    If you keep your feelings to yourself, you carry a burden that can become unbearable. But if you share your feelings, you may lessen their intensity and even gain a fresh perspective.



    A man who is coping with suicidal thoughts talks to another man

    Try this: Talk to someone today, perhaps a family member or a trusted friend. * You might also express yourself by writing down your feelings.



    ● Get professional help.

    What the Bible says: “Healthy people do not need a physician, but those who are ill do.”—Matthew 9:12.



    Meaning: We should seek medical help when we are ill.



    Suicidal thoughts may be a symptom of mental or emotional illness. Like physical sickness, this is nothing to be ashamed of. Mental and emotional illnesses can be treated.



    Try this: Seek help from a qualified physician as soon as possible.



    ● Remember that God cares.

    What the Bible says: “Five sparrows sell for two coins of small value, do they not? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. . . . Have no fear; you are worth more than many sparrows.”—Luke 12:6, 7.



    Meaning: You are precious to God.



    You may feel all alone, but God sees what you are going through. He cares about you—even if you have lost your will to live. “A heart broken and crushed, O God, you will not reject,” says Psalm 51:17. God wants you to live because he loves you.



    Try this: Examine evidence from the Bible that God loves you. For example, see chapter 24 of the Bible study aid Draw Close to Jehovah.



    ● Pray to God.

    What the Bible says: “Throw all your anxiety on [God], because he cares for you.”—1 Peter 5:7.



    Meaning: God invites you to tell him openly and honestly about whatever weighs on your mind.



    God can give you both inner peace and the strength to keep going. (Philippians 4:6, 7, 13) In this way, he sustains those who call out to him with a sincere heart.—Psalm 55:22.



    A man who is coping with suicidal thoughts sits on park bench, holds an open Bible, and meditates

    Try this: Pray to God today. Use his name, Jehovah, and tell him about your feelings. (Psalm 83:18) Ask him to help you keep going.



    ● Meditate on the Bible’s hope for the future.

    What the Bible says: “We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, both sure and firm.”—Hebrews 6:19, footnote.



    Meaning: Your emotions may go up and down like a ship in a storm, but the hope held out by the Bible can stabilize you.



    That hope is not wishful thinking but is based on God’s promise to remove the causes of our pain.—Revelation 21:4.



    Try this: Learn more about the Bible’s hope by reading lesson 5 of the brochure Good News From God!



    ● Do something you enjoy.

    What the Bible says: “A joyful heart is good medicine.”—Proverbs 17:22.



    Meaning: When we do things that bring us joy, we may improve our mental or emotional well-being.



    A man who is coping with suicidal thoughts smiles as he helps another man rake leaves

    Try this: Do something that you normally enjoy. For example, listen to uplifting music, read something encouraging, or pursue a hobby. You will also increase your happiness if you do something to help others, even in small ways.—Acts 20:35.



    ● Take care of your physical health.

    What the Bible says: “Physical training is beneficial.”—1 Timothy 4:8.



    Meaning: We benefit when we exercise, get adequate sleep, and eat healthful food.



    Try this: Go for a brisk walk, even for just 15 minutes.



    ● Remember that feelings and other things in life change.

    What the Bible says: “You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.”—James 4:14.



    Meaning: A distressing problem—even one that seems beyond your control—may well be temporary.



    No matter how bleak your situation seems today, it can change tomorrow. So look for ways to cope. (2 Corinthians 4:8) Your distressing situation will likely change in time, but you cannot undo suicide.



    Try this: Read Bible accounts about people who felt so discouraged that they wanted to die, and see how their life eventually changed for the better—often in ways that they could not have foreseen. Consider some examples.



    Does the Bible tell us about people who wanted to die?

    Yes. The Bible tells us about some who said, in effect, “I want to die.” God did not rebuke them, but offered them help. He can do the same for you.



    Elijah

    ● Who was he? Elijah was a brave prophet. But he was not immune to discouragement. “Elijah was a man with feelings like ours,” says James 5:17.



    ● Why did he want to die? At one point, Elijah felt alone, afraid, and worthless. So he begged: “Jehovah, take my life away.”—1 Kings 19:4.



    ● What helped him? Elijah poured out his feelings to God. How did God encourage him? God showed him concern and gave him a demonstration of His power. He also assured Elijah that he was still needed and gave Elijah a caring and capable assistant.



    ▸ Read about Elijah: 1 Kings 19:2-18.



    Job

    ● Who was he? Job was a wealthy family man who faithfully worshipped the true God.



    ● Why did he want to die? Job’s life took a major turn for the worse. He lost all his possessions. All of his children died in a disaster. He got an agonizing disease. And finally, he was cruelly and falsely accused of causing his own problems. Job said: “I loathe my life; I do not want to go on living.”—Job 7:16.



    ● What helped him? Job prayed to God and talked to others. (Job 10:1-3) He was encouraged by a compassionate friend, Elihu, who helped him put his situation in perspective. Above all, Job welcomed God’s counsel and help.



    ▸ Read about Job: Job 1:1-3, 13-​22; 2:7; 3:1-13; 36:1-7; 38:1-3; 42:1, 2, 10-13.



    Moses

    ● Who was he? Moses was a leader of ancient Israel and a faithful prophet.



    ● Why did he want to die? Moses had a huge workload, was constantly criticized, and felt worn out. So he cried out to God: “Please kill me right now.”—Numbers 11:11, 15.



    ● What helped him? Moses told God how he felt. God helped Moses lighten his workload to alleviate the stress.



    ▸ Read about Moses: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-17.

    Which Bible verses can help you resist suicidal thoughts?Verses that show God cares about you:



    “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those who are crushed in spirit.”—Psalm 34:18.



    “When anxieties overwhelmed me, you comforted and soothed me.”—Psalm 94:19.



    (See also Psalm 27:10; 103:12-14; 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4.)



    Verses that show God understands your pain:



    “You have seen my affliction; you are aware of my deep distress.”—Psalm 31:7.



    “During all their distress it was distressing to him. . . . In his love and compassion . . . , he lifted them up.”—Isaiah 63:9.



    Verses that show God wants you to draw close to him and pour out your heart in prayer:



    “Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer . . . let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers.”—Philippians 4:6, 7.



    “Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you.”—James 4:8.



    (See also Psalm 34:4, 15; 55:22.)



    Verses that show God can give you strength:



    “For all things I have the strength through the one who gives me power.”—Philippians 4:13.



    “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you.”—Isaiah 41:10.



    (See also Psalm 138:3; Isaiah 40:29-31.)

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