This hit home with me, and sparked some rage. I go into why below.
When asked what he would do if someone confided in him that they wanted to commit suicide, Selleck said, “I would dare them to do it and then I would never talk to them again. If I saw them in real life again, I’d be like wow dude, you didn’t commit suicide. I cannot be surrounded by people that do that shit, I will literally lose my mind.”
This was sparked by an incident where another streamer had a safety check happen, because they were thinking about suicide. This enraged me, because while I haven’t been QUITE in that other streamer’s shoes, I’ve been in that area. I was lucky I had my family to turn to when I hit that low point. He said that if someone close to him felt that way, his attitude wouldn’t have been to recognize that people need help and support, it would be the equivalent of “So, go and do it.”
That’s.. unbelievably callous.
I think we’re seeing a lot of streamers, PewDiePie, Logan Paul, this guy, etcetera. Here’s the thing. They get famous for being outrageous, and having no filter or what have you to thinking something and saying it out loud. Combine that with the young man’s sense of immortality and overblown self-importance, and you’ve got a volatile mix. Do I think he actually feels that way? I don’t know. I hope that if he ever gets put in that situation, he thinks about others instead of himself.
I’m here because others thought about me, and continue to.
And this is the Important Part: If you’re reading this, and in that place yourself. Mental illness is real. You are not alone. You are important. We will listen to you. If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide please reach out: 1 (800) 273-TALK