Allow me to tell you a story based on real life happenings, a story that unfortunatly have grim conclusions
2-3 years ago, a person posted this on steamgift forum: http://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/YCRqM/my-last-words-on-steam-and-to-everybody-this-thread-is-not-trolling-it-serious
. The guy was in a serious emotional condition after having played BoI (likely something triggered childhood trauma or something else), and was asking for help. He sadly couldnt find an ear to listen to.....
Not long after, the very same person jumped in front of a train: http://www.inquisitr.com/1028357/bart-fatality-16-year-old-fausto-delgado-killed-by-train/
Its not my job to try and make a verdict as to whether or not trolls or people who didnt took his plead for help were/are in the wrong. Just remember that behind the screen, behind the avatar, there is also a human being, and more too often people who are threatening with suicide are not kidding.
What I would like to ask everyone: IF you happen to know/would come accros somebody who might be having suicidal thoughts, DONT let them on their own. Make sure to get in touch with their relatives (if you have the possibility) as well as redirect that person to their local suicide prevention/emergency hotline or center. DO let the person affected know that they are not alone, that there is help for their situation
Some useful links in these situationshttps://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/Europe/
As much as it might be considered slightly offtopic for this site, I believe this is a subject that should be or rather needs to be talked about at least once, because depression is something that can affect even us, gamers. There is nothing worse than seeing a life so young wasted away....
To tell you a bit of personal story, as to why I specially felt the need to post this: I used to be depressed myself back in the days, I was overwhelmingly bullied on a certain site that I wont name here for personal reasons. I had people flaming me and some literally telling me to go and kill myself.
and I would be lying if I would say that there werent moments when I didnt seriously considered this option..
But thanks to a good friend of mine, I slowly but surely recovered from this, he helped me realise how foolish would it be for me to throw away my life just like that. If it werent for him and many other people.....you could say that I wouldnt be sitting here right now, writing this.If someone then I know firsthand how awful he may have felt, because I was in his shoes once. I had the strenght to stand up, to not lose hopebut that doesnt mean everyone would be just as lucky...
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