Popular Saturday Night Live comedian, Pete Davidson, posted a startling message on Instagram on Saturday. In the tweet, Davidson suggested he wanted to kill himself. Following the tweet, celebrities and friends rallied around the actor in support. Davidson appeared on the sketch comedy briefly on Saturday night following his message. Davidson’s Instagram post is a reminder that suicidal messages posted by others should never be ignored.
TMZ first reported the troubling Instagram message of Davidson’s on Saturday morning. In a screenshot taken by TMZ, the message read, “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. I’m doing my best to stay here for you, but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last. All I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.”
Over the years, Davidson has been very open about his struggles with mental illness. In sketches on Saturday Night Live, he’s shared his battle with Borderline Personality Disorder, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
During the summer, Davidson got involved in a whirlwind relationship with pop singer Arianna Grande. The two started dating in late spring, got engaged within a month, and split up by fall.
Davidson has been open on his social media about his struggles managing and navigating the break-up with Grande.
Before making the startling statement on Saturday, Davidson posted a message a few weeks ago on Instagram to his haters and trolls. He told them that no matter how much people want him to kill himself he won’t do it.
After his post a few weeks ago, his ex-girlfriend, Arianna Grande, asked her fans to be “gentler” to people online. While Pete seemed to brush off the incident a few weeks ago, he appeared to have the suicidal thoughts again on Saturday.
When he posted the message on Saturday, many of his celebrity friends came to his side to support him. According to one report, police did a wellness check on Pete while at NBC studios on Saturday afternoon.
Davidson’s celebrity and public face enable him to have millions of people react and attempt to help him during his darkest hours. However, other individuals without support can easily slip through the cracks. Messages posted by suicidal individuals can be left unread and unnoticed.
According to Suicide Prevention Lifeline, there are some warning signs that may indicate if a loved one is at risk of suicide:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Discussing feelings of being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Extreme mood swings
If you believe your loved one is exhibiting any of the warning signs of suicide, getting them help is critical. When support is not received, individuals can and do take their own lives.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that every 13 minutes someone in the United States ends their life by suicide. That adds up to more than 40,000 people every year.
When you see the warning signs for suicide, SAMHSA suggests taking the following steps to help your loved one:
- Ask them if they are thinking about killing themselves. (This will not put the idea into their head or make it more likely that they will attempt suicide.)
- Listen without judging and show you care.
- Stay with the person (or make sure the person is in a private, secure place with another caring person) until you can get further help.
- Remove any objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
- Call SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and follow their guidance.
- If danger for self-harm seems imminent, call 911.
Suicide prevention is possible with help from loved ones and professional help. Individuals suffering from depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts do not need to take their lives. All of us must play a role in actively helping others when they reach out for help.
Please do not ignore the calls, texts, or social media messages of friends that seem dark, depressed, or withdrawn. Take the time to reach out and help them. Suicidal thoughts are a significant concern that should not be ignored.
If you are worried your loved one may be at risk, please visit Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help.
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