Friday, December 10, 2021

Attention Seeking

    I was recently asked how do people tell the difference between attention seeking and a real cry for help. And my response was that there isn’t a difference. A cry for help is a cry for help. I don’t care if it’s the first time they ask for help or the hundredth, a cry for help is a cry for help and should be taken seriously.

There was recently a story in my local news about a woman that went to the hospital saying she was suicidal, the hospital ultimatly discharged her. A short time later she committed suicide. Now I don’t have much more info beyond that, but I have heard multiple people say, well how was the hospital supposed to know they are serious? And my response immediately was every threat of suicide should be taken seriously.

I was recently watching a true crime show, and a detective said a suspects suicide attempt wasn’t a real attempt. And I was seething. Every suicide attempt is a real attempt. How can someone, a law enforcement officer at that, be so callous so someone clearly in a crisis?

I recently saw a friend on Facebook ask, “Where’s the line between wanting to reach out and feeling like people think you just want attention?” My response was, “There is not a line. Everyone that reaches out should be taken seriously.” And the overwhelming support they received was heartwarming.

I was surrounded with people asking me why I didn’t reach out before my suicide attempt. Why did I let it get that bad? And my response was I didn’t think anyone would believe me, that they would look at me like a faker. But I have learned I have an amazing support system. And when I was suicidal earlier this year I reached out and received the help I needed. 

I urge anyone in a dark place to reach out. Don’t be afraid to reach out, don’t worry about the people that might think you are “attention seeking.” Because the people who do care will not think that and will be there for you.  I urge everyone to look out for friends. Don’t be afraid to ask if they need help, if they are suicidal. Don’t call them liars or say they are faking. Just be there for them, and get them the help they are desperately asking for.

A cry for help is just that, a cry for help.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts please reach out to the suicide hotline at 800-273-8255

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