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What would you say to the stranger who's about to commit suicide?

These days, quite a lot of teenagers commit suicide.
That is a tragedy.
That makes me so sad.
If only they knew they were worthy of living and "life" is not that bad.

Well, first, we need to know what makes them decide to do such thing.

Well, precaution would be the first thing,

But let's just put the statistics and researches aside for a while.

What if you were the person who was passing by next to the person who was going to kill himself?

At the very moment, what would you do to persuade him not to do it?

What would be the first words that come out of your mouth?

You know, this conversation could be very hopeful and helpful to the people who are in depression.

Consider that it could save one person's life.
You can be truly earnest and desperate at that moment.

It may sound ridiculous, but for me, I would crack some silly joke.

I would make him giggle(even if my joke is not that funny and he is not really in the mood to laugh). And then, I would insult him—so to speak to make him angry(could be a bit risky, though). And then ...I would take him to some bookstore and I would buy him the book I found it touching. I would have him read that book and then let him do what he wants to do.

Reading may not be that powerful, but in the process of doing that, he would somehow have a sense of realization that it might not be the only way….

And then, I would spare my time to listen to him although I am not a counselor.


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  • Jul 16 2012: i will tell who ever it is to tell me 1rst WHY and if the answers i wont tell u ill try to stop him or her WHOEVER he or she is XD by force

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