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How can we make ThereIsHelp even better?

The ThereIsHelp page on the MeFi wiki is a helpful compilation of resources for people who are struggling with depression, suicidal ideation, alcoholism, domestic violence, and sexual assault. It's also a living document, originally created through the collaboration of MeFites over three years ago in memory of Bill Zeller, and I'd like to continue the conversation about how we as a community can make it even better. [more inside]
posted by beryllium on Feb 16, 2014 - 21 comments

Suicide Prevention By Committee

I'm disappointed in the quality and tone of advice to the OP in this question, and I think mefites need a reminder that these scenarios aren't telenovelas or group therapy sessions. The stakes for you as a commenter are very low, but to the poster they are extremely high. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Oct 7, 2012 - 282 comments

there is something not quite right here. A hacked account?

This is weird. Compare the alarming post on AskMeFi with previous posts by Servix. Something seems off to me. [more inside]
posted by iamnotateenagegirl on Nov 30, 2011 - 8 comments

No foot puns, just a .

Follow-up to post about mystery shoe-clad feet washing up on shore in the Pacific Northwest: The majority have been identified as belonging to aquatic suicides (e.g. bridge jumpers). [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Oct 24, 2011 - 8 comments

Good Morning Mr. Haughey, we would like to ask you about the death of...

In which AskMefi, get's a prime slot on Law and Order:Criminal Intent [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Jul 21, 2011 - 118 comments

There is help. Mefi win.

Buried deep in the Bill Zeller obit thread is this (new?) gem from the Mefi Wiki: There is Help. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Jan 18, 2011 - 25 comments

RIP Bill Zeller

It's with great sadness that I have to share the passing of Bill Zeller, known as null terminated around here. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jan 5, 2011 - 774 comments

Transgender LA Times sportswriter Mike Penner dead in suspected suicide

Veteran LA Times sportswriter Mike Penner dead in suspected suicide, a sad folo-up to this 2007 post about his bombshell column announcing his transsexuality and his decision to take a leave of absence and return to the newsroom as Christine Daniels. [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto on Nov 29, 2009 - 91 comments

The carriage held but just ourselves. And immortality.

Follow-up Thread. Last July, this thread linking to this account of life at 530 lbs moved many MeFites. [more inside]
posted by carmicha on May 25, 2009 - 20 comments

Cleaning up a suicide scene, no big deal?

The suicide scene wasn't cleaned up and the new flooring crew just took it all in stride and cleaned it up, really? Not so much a "Is this true" question, though there is a bit of that, but more curiosity if anyone has been a part of a flooring or cleaning crew and had to deal with situations like those in the question. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on May 21, 2009 - 98 comments


Not so much a callout to thread behavior as a..."really?" This is the thread in question. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Apr 10, 2009 - 171 comments

Should this really have gone through?

This makes me very uncomfortable. [more inside]
posted by phearlez on Feb 12, 2009 - 19 comments

suicide video link

This comment links to a video of a real life suicide without warning (other than "I'm a terrible person"). Normally I'd flag this and move on, but this is possibly the worst thing I've ever seen on metafilter and I'd like to see it deleted as quickly as possible.
posted by null terminated on Apr 28, 2007 - 57 comments

Are we going to be bummed when we hear that users have offed themselves after posting their suicide plans on AskMe?

So, this user wants to ice himself and post it on the internet. Or, the question is "totally theoretical." Who knows. I know this question has come up before, but the film-my-own-suicide dude seems to have an actual plan. I am thinking of the Viriginia Tech situation where former professors and classmates are coming with an example-a-minute of things the shooter wrote and said that people didn't respond to. I am picturing a local news story with friends and family going through this dude's bookmarked sites and saying "He pleaded for help on this site..." and seeing the green up there. Maybe MeFites more senior to myself can shed some light on this. I don't have a position either way (or, I should say, I have opinions that go both ways), I am more just wondering what an online community's responsibility is to its members, if any.
posted by sneakin on Apr 27, 2007 - 83 comments


You guys are totally bumming me out.
posted by hermitosis on Mar 23, 2007 - 58 comments

Some things AskMe cannot do alone

Code blue in the green?
posted by turducken on Sep 17, 2006 - 50 comments

MeFi suicide post shout-out

Sometimes we get it really right. It was nice, affirming even, to see something as complex as suicide handled with such grace.
posted by cedar on Mar 16, 2006 - 33 comments

This is the most mean spirited thread

This is a front page tragedy. Lord Kinbote sums up my feelings well : "This is the most mean spirited thread I have ever read on MetaFilter."
posted by grapefruitmoon on Dec 14, 2005 - 126 comments

Way, way inappropriate.

Way, way inappropriate.
posted by grateful on Jun 6, 2004 - 74 comments

Is that thread helpful or not?

Someone claiming to be a close friend of the guy that died on IRC asked me to remove the thread about it, so I obliged before reading what was said. After reading it all however, it seems like it's full of a lot of useful information. So what to do? Bring it back or keep it away?

(also keep in mind that although I don't think it would happen in this case, but I have been threatened with a lawsuit for not removing requested material before)
posted by mathowie on Jan 22, 2003 - 75 comments

How much weight to attach to the "community" in "online community?"

I saw this thread over at kuro5hin about the recent suicide of an Everquest fanatic and the surrounding issues. This thread was about online games but the poll in the sidebar lists "blogs" as the #2 "online addiction." Rusty and his crew have given the topic a good going-over, but I'm interested in what the MeFiosi have to say on these. Firstly, just how much weight should we attach to the "community" in "online community?" Second, if we are all members of a community, just what responsibilities do we have to our fellow citizens? I'm not taking any position yet, I just found it a thought-provoking set of questions.
posted by jonmc on Apr 5, 2002 - 17 comments

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