A 19-year-old in Sichuan who committed suicide on Sunday published a set of grim posts to his Weibo account just before his death. Xinhua says the motive behind his suicide was related to a failed relationship.
China News published a screenshot of the teen’s last posts on Weibo. Among them, he’d written: “The coal is burning. The sleeping pills are working. I don’t want to die but I can’t save myself now.” There were also pictures of coal burning in a bowl.
His Weibo account “Neuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…” was flagged by users on Sunday. Xinhua News reports the original content of this post:
“Today is November 30. I don’t know if hospitals and stores are open this early or not. I thought calmly for a long time and decided to leave. Don’t try to persuade me. I hope there won’t be much pain afterwards. I feel sorry for my decision, but I cannot hold on anymore. There wouldn’t be so much sorrow and helplessness in another world.”
His post picked up more than 130,000 clicks in just few hours. Finally, Weibo users delivered the message to the police. By the time he was discovered and taken to a hospital, however, it was too late to save him.
All of the posts were deleted by his friend, with the permission of his parents.
As social networking sites have gained popularity in recent years, more and more cases have emerged involving people using the platforms to post about their suicidal intentions. In March, a Shanghai girl posted “suicide selfie” on Instagram after her breakup, hours before her death.
– Do not leave the person alone
– Remove any sharp objects, alcohol, drugs or firearms that could be used in a suicide attempt
– Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
– Call the following hotlines for help: Lifeline Shanghai: 021-6279-8990 (English speakers; 10am – 10pm daily); HopeLine: 4001619995 (Chinese speakers; 24/7 toll-free access)
By Dina Li