There’s been a rash of suicides by teens who were victims of homophobic bullying.

As I do pretty much whenever talk of suicide comes up, I want to link this post by the fantastic Naamah. In it, she destroys the whole “suicide is selfish” trope far more eloquently than I ever could. It’s an important essay. People who accuse suicides of being selfish piss me off, and not just because the school counselor I talked to about my first bout of suicidal impulses told me I was being selfish (had I not already mostly come out of it, that remark would likely have pushed me over the edge. I’ve always hated that woman).

A quote from the essay that pretty much sums it up perfectly:

That is why depression, or the other mental illnesses commonly associated with suicide, are so crippling. They destroy the ability to do the most necessary thing – cope.

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One Response to Selfishness

  1. rootietoot says:

    Suicidal thoughts and desires are a huge burden and for me, the desire was to eliminate myself so the rest of the world (my family) wouldn’t be burdened with my misery. People who call it selfish have never really felt that way, imo.