I’ve seen this post circulating Tumblr for a long time now and whilst I do not wish to offend anyone who has had/is having suicidal thoughts, I would like to share my opinion. I completely agree that it must have been very disturbing to see a picture of yourself like this on the internet. However, it’s incomprehensible to me that this girl would be angry at someone who didn’t try to save her. It’s obvious that this girl went up there for a reason and for an onlooker (trust me, I’ve witnessed this) sometimes it’s difficult to decide whether you have the right to intervene.
I mean no offence by this, but if this girl really wanted to die then she would be grateful that this onlooker didn’t try and save her. Why would you go to the top of a building, obviously in an extremely suicidal state, threaten to jump but then call someone who didn’t try and save you “selfish”? If you didn’t want someone taking pictures of you in such a vulnerable state then why make your suicide public? Threatening to jump off a building is obviously going to draw a crowd and the fact remains that someone did talk this girl out of it. She stated that “the last thing I wanted at that moment was to be saved”, well then why does she care so much about one person not trying to save her?
My father is a Police Officer and the amount of times he has had to go out and talk kids off roof tops is unreal. This girl may have wanted to die at the time but in the long run she’s probably glad she lived. It is my opinion that people who go and stand on roof tops don’t really want to go through with the suicide but just want some random member of the public to “save” them and reassure them that life is worth living. If this is the case, then don’t bother going up there, causing a scene, and perhaps even wasting Police time. Just seriously don’t bother. If someone truly wanted to commit suicide they would do it in the privacy of their own home where they might have no chance of being saved. If you don’t want someone taking pictures of you about to jump off a rooftop, then don’t go up there and give them the chance to take these pictures. “Attention-seeking” is a phrase I’m trying to avoid in this opinion but… well, you understand me, I hope.
As I said, I mean no offence by this opinion and, this bit was cut out of the picture, someone said that this particular girl is now dead. If this is the case, then I am sorry. I hope this makes sense.