September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
In light of this very important month, Drewby and Yergy discuss the tragic death of Ronnie McNutt, and young veteran from Mississippi, who took his own life on August 31, 2020 while on a Facebook livestream that was not taken down for many hours, despite many reports from people watching. Unfortunately, the footage got into the hands of internet trolls who decided to splice the footage into innocent videos and post them to TikTok, with the intent on traumatizing children, which is TikTok’s largest demographic.
We discuss the death of Mitchell Henderson, who became the target of 4chan trolls after taking his own life in 2006, Nikki Catsouras, whose accident photos went viral after unscrupulous police officers leaked them online, and the victim who was likely impersonated and made the topic of the “Sh*t Was So Cash” meme who died in a car accident. In all these cases, the victims families were subject of harassment after dealing with the loss of their loved one.
Suicide and loved ones who have struggled with mental health issues are both things that have affected both our lives very deeply. You are more than welcome to reach out to us if you feel you have nowhere else to turn. Email, Instagram DMs, our Discord, whatever medium you prefer. Please don’t go through this alone.
We are unfortunately living in a time where mental health issues are not only stigmatized, but people who die by suicide are either ridiculed, exploited, or lavished with comforting reassurance that could have easily been brought their way when they were alive and struggling. This is a multi-faceted problem that will be very difficult to overcome, but the first step in tackling it is being more willing to reach out and be there for people in our lives who are suffering. Right now, there are arguably more people affected than ever before due to COVID-19.
Let us all work together to be better to our loved ones. It’s the only way our society will have a chance.
Link to Ronnie’s Funeral Fundraiser: https://celebrationchurchms.churchcenter.com/giving/to/ronnie-s-funeral-fund?fbclid=IwAR2On_sPyZjj5C0pdfTqo-HkB3axBqmrAqOwoVsfRNuSVJtl4ZfLlqD-GHs
Suicide Hotlines Worldwide: http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html
LGBTQ+ Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/lgbtq/
Veterans Crisis Line: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
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