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Why I Don't Find Humor in BuzzFeed's Article for People Who 'Love Dying'

On February 18, BuzzFeed posted an article I find offensive: “19 Pictures That Are Too Real If You Love Dying And Being Dead.” While some say the purpose of this article is comedic relief, I feel like it was a direct stab at my mental illness and suicidal ideation.

The article shares a person’s text conversation that says, “Are you alive?” to which the response is, “debatable.” It shows a hypothetical Twitter conversation between a murderer and their victim, where the victim thanks the murderer for killing them. It shows a Google search for “how to die instantly.” I was shocked when I looked at the comments and saw that most of them said the article was funny.

Living with suicidal thoughts is not fun and games. I don’t believe it is something to be mocked. Real people struggle with these real illnesses. I wish Buzzfeed would please take this article down. They don’t understand how hurtful it can be.

If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources page.

If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

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