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Listen, reading comics at libraries IS supporting comics. Honest.
Libraries have become a big part of spreading the word. That’s why I do as many librarian conferences as I can. I have spoken with endless librarians and they are responding with curiosity and commitment to their communities. I love them to pieces.
There is NOTHING to apologize for about using libraries…even if they didn’t make publishers a dime (and they do), they are still vital and awesome and I love that they allow people without access to comics stores, or who are not economically able to follow the books they like, to read these stories.
That is pure awesomeness right there.
contact tumblr support with the URL. i don’t remember what, but they alert the authorities or something of that nature.
There is no URL. It’s an Anonymous message.
What is the best thing to do if someone leaves an anonymous message in your tumblr inbox saying that they just took 7 sleeping pills in an attempt to kill themselves? Because I just logged into this account, and I have a message like that which is now 10 hours old and I have no clue what to do.
EDIT: I have contacted tumblr, in hopes they will be able to track the user’s IP address so that help can be contacted.
EDIT: I have heard back from tumblr, they are going to get in touch with the user/find someone who can help. Thank you for your concern.
The news of Robin Williams’ suicide has me thinking about a few things that I felt like posting about.
I’m seeing posts circulating about resources like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) and Crisis Chat, and I want to stress that these are amazing organizations that do so much good work. But they could do even better in a society that didn’t shame people for needing them in the first place.
We live in a society where talking about personal experiences with mental illness is looked down upon (tumblr is better than a lot of places, but it’s certainly not anywhere near perfect). Those of us who live with it are made to feel bad for things that are out of our control. And we’re also made to feel like we shouldn’t need the resources that are available to us. If we can get by without them, no matter how awful that getting by actually feels, then we should do that. And that’s not how it should be.
There is no shame in needing help. There is no shame in needing to talk to someone or needing to be on medication. I need to be reminded of that a lot, and I figure I’m not the only one.
People with depression and other mental illnesses need to be supported by everyone around them. We need to be able to talk about our experiences when we want to. We need to be an active part of any discussions of mental illness that actually are happening. Because no one understands it better than those of us living with it.
And that support needs to happen long before thoughts of suicide enter the picture. Because there are so many terrible ways that we can suffer long before we reach that point. And mental illness affects different people in different ways at different times. And the sooner people get access to the resources they need (and it’s awful how hard it can be to get access to them, even when you’re ready and willing).
So always listen without pushing us past our comfort point. Always respect our experiences. And never silence us, not with your own words or with strange looks or by just flat out ignoring what we say.