When people are feeling suicidal, they will often reach out to the people around them. Sometimes, those people happen to be folks you interact with on the Internet.
This is exactly what teenage Reddit user MufasaQuePasa did on Thursday when he posted this message on the r/RoastMe subreddit: “17 years old russian with crippling depression. Give me a reason to end it all.”
For context, users who post a picture of themselves on Reddit with a paper that says, “r/RoastMe” willingly open themselves up to being “roasted,” or made fun of by other users.
But instead of roasting the teen, Reddit users flooded the subreddit with supportive messages, urging him to seek help and not give up. Official Reddit moderator GallowBoob even chimed in and said, “This goes against the rules of the sub and its essence… y’all being so fucking nice. But fuck it cheers OP [original poster] <3” Here are some of the other supportive responses people posted: "Sorry. I can’t roast you…Talk to someone and get some help. It would be terrible to have the world lose someone like you. Win your battle! Son, I’m not going to use words to hurt you… I won’t roast you ever and if you need someone to speak to, I’m here every day. Hold on, white knuckle grip, I’m not letting go and neither are you. Proud of this reddit community… Please go seek some help. It’s a good world, that we don’t always see." If this news is hard for you, you’re not alone. There is hope and help available. If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources. 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 reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.