Four young adults have been saved after they met online and decided to commit suicide together because they thought it would be an exciting thing to do.
The incident took place in Jinan city, Shandong province on May 18. The group, who started chatting online earlier this month, is made up of two boys and two girls.
Xiao Tan, one of the boys involved, came round following the suicide attempt on May 19. Two of the other children involved woke up shortly after. Xiao, who is 18-years-old, told reporters that he studied in Hebei and that he arrived in Jinan to meet his new friends four days before their suicide attempt.
Three of the four children drank a large quantity of alcohol and then burned charcoal in the rented apartment after sealing all the windows and doors. They soon passed out and were found shortly after by emergency services. “As we entered the house, the three youngsters were all lying on the floor,” said a paramedic.
When asked why they tried to commit suicide by reporters, Xiao said it was “just for fun.” He added that he “didn’t think there was a high chance of us succeeding.” Speaking of the three joining him, he said that all he knew was that one of his companions was under a lot of pressure preparing for his college entrance examination.
A girl from Harbin who abandoned the group just prior to their suicide attempt to call the police had reportedly been suffering from depression according to her family.
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– 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 Lucy Liu
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