By Nucleus - 08/10/2015 13:48 - Sweden - Stockholm
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If you're worried someone is suicidal, talking to them should always be the first option and calling 911 should only happen if there isn't any other way of helping them. Immediately jumping to calling the cops can make someone too scared to talk about suicidal feelings if they come again, and instead self-isolate. Psychiatric abuse and institutionalization happens all the time, whereas many suicidal people just need some support, someone to show they care, etc. I've been institutionalized and abused in psych wards; I've also had suicidal urges stemmed by a friend coming over and spending the night watching shitty TV with me. Tl;dr, someone calling 911 about a Facebook status is not someone caring. At best, it's someone making a minimal effort to pretend to care. At worst it's a malicious prank.
Also #12 most people are told that if someone is threatening suicide then they should contact 911 or a councilor immediately. Most people are not equipped to talk someone out of suicide and calling the police may be the only way they know how to help. Don't just assume that people who call the police don't really care, if they didn't care then they would have dismissed the threat
Most people who are institutionalized need to be institutionalized. And psychiatric abuse isn't nearly as rampant as you are claiming. My friends who will tell you it's super boring and a lot of talk therapy. Most people don't know how to talk someone down from suicide or how to make them feel better enough to get help. And while watching tv with a friend might have helped you if someone hadn't called professionals for my friend she'd be dead.
"Yes hello Sir, we're the boredom police, we got a call about this residence."