The glorification of suicide on television.
Does anyone else see this?
Does anyone else notice that there's more and more of this on TV?
Or is it just me?
I know that there are plenty of things people have issues with on television; too much sex, too much violence, too many naughty words - I get it and totally agree with all of it. It's all just too much.
I don't understand WHY that would be a big review grabber for people that it needs to be shown.
Suicide is a super sensitive subject to me. I've lost two family members to suicide... my dad and my brother.
I don't want to see it on television. I don't want to see it in movies. I don't want to see it.
For me it's a "false memory" that plays out in my mind on a regular basis - reliving what must have been the most awful moments of my brother and father's lives. The end of their lives, playing out on a TV or movie screen.
Why does this need to be shown?
I don't want or need to see anyone holding a gun to their head or to their throat or anything on that level.
Preventing suicide is a difficult thing. Depression runs rampant, especially in a day and age where the economy sucks and bullying has become the norm, where many parents don't accept responsibility for the actions of their children & where people feeling lost don't always ask for help.
It's almost as if TV is playing it all out for them... making it an easy choice.
"Hey, life is hard... let me just go get the gun or the pills or the razor -- I saw it on TV, it doesn't look that hard, and I'M suffering WAY more than that person on TV was... this is what I need to do."
But what if I'm not.
It is my very strong opinion that television, movies and the video gaming industry has largely desensitized modern day youth against violence. For them, it's the norm. They see it all the time. It's no big deal. For the younger, less developed mind - characters get shot or shoot themselves all the time and then they are right back on the show / game / movie the next day. It's not real.
But it is.
And I have a huge problem with it.
I know my little voice won't mean much in any of this... but it's out there.
Maybe someone will hear it.
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