By now, you have probably heard the story of Michelle Carter, a teenager from Massachusetts who was accused of convincing her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to follow through with his threats of suicide.
When her case went to trial, the evidence revealed that her boyfriend had informed her of his plan to kill himself by filling his truck with toxic gas. Instead of seeking outside help or trying to prevent his suicide, Carter wrote Roy numerous messages encouraging him to kill himself. Even worse, Carter texted Roy to “get back in” the truck when he had second thoughts and had exited his truck. Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
Suicide is a real and prevalent problem that causes devastating losses for families, friends, and communities. What Michelle Carter did was obviously wrong and is the exact opposite of what someone should do if they believe someone is suicidal.
Be Mindful of the Warning Signs
According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, there several warning signs of suicide to look out for, including:
- Talking about suicide or killing themselves.
- Researching ways to end their life or buying a weapon.
- Talking about being a burden on other people or having no reason to continue.
- Extreme changes in behavior, such socially withdrawal, moodiness, recklessness, anger, and substance abuse.
- Discussing revenge against an ex-partner, an employer, or other person who they perceive has wronged them.
If you notice any of the aforementioned warning signs, do not look the other way and hope things get better on their own. Instead get involved by listening, by addressing your concerns directly, and utilizing the many resources available to prevent suicide. Further, if you or someone you know are having immediate thoughts of self-harm, please call 9-1-1. If you or a loved one is exhibiting the warning signs of suicide, please consider reaching out to the following hotlines, in which trained personnel are waiting and prepared to intervene.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-TALK. Or their National Suicide Prevention Online Chat.
Cumberland County — Contact of Fayetteville Helpline (910) 485-4134.
Durham County — The Durham Center Crisis Hotline 1-800-510-9132.
Johnston County — CONTACT Helpline (919) 934-6161.
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