Stiles pokes the… thing, for lack of a better word, with the very tip of his sneaker. That’s about as much as he’s willing to risk. It’s all spiky. Thankfully, it is also very, very dead, still leaking sluggishly onto his balcony.
Stiles lives in an apartment now. He really shouldn’t have to explain away weird greenish-grey blood to his downstairs neighbors. He’d though he’d left that behind when he moved down here for college.
There’s really only one thing for it. He pulls out his phone. “Please tell me this is your kill, because if it isn’t then I have some detective work to do and I’d rather not fail my midterms.”
Every Teen Wolf season is basically an episode of Oprah.
season 1: You almost die, he almost dies, she almost dies, everyone almost dies.
season 2: You get the bite, she gets the bite, he gets the bite, everyone gets the bite.
season 3a: You’re an alpha, she’s an alpha, he’s an alpha, everyone is an alpha.
season 3b: You’re insane, she’s insane, he’s insane, everyone is insane.
I don’t have the cans tonight to write a lengthy for-public-consumption post on why reblogging posts like “If I get X many notes I won’t cut/commit suicide” is actually a REALLY BAD IDEA and does the opposite of helping the person who originally posted it.
And I know that most people actually don’t have the kind of life-experience and education that tells them how to help someone who self-injures or is chronically suicidal.
But seriously every time one of those posts goes across my dash I honestly feel a flash of anger towards the people who reblog it. That isn’t helping. You’re making it worse.
original tags: #10 years ago i would have reblogged all of them #twice #I stayed up until 3am on instant messenger several times a week #I was terrified if I signed off my friend would kill herself #I didn’t understand why she wanted to all the time #or what would actually help her to stop #I just wanted her to get better #It broke me #it didn’t help her #and years later I learned what actually helps #and got access to the research on it #it is never your fault if someone else commits suicide #it’s not your fault if you couldn’t help them #If someone wants to commit suicide YOU CAN’T STOP THEM
I have a lot of sympathy for the people who feel like they need to reblog this stuff, but it really is a bad idea. The phrasing is a little different, but think about what those posts are actually saying: “if you don’t reblog this, I’ll kill myself”; “if you don’t reblog this, I’ll cut myself”. What do those statements sound like?
And for the person making the posts, what you’re telling them is that yes, this is right. Yes, this is true. Yes, other people have the power and the right to control your emotions and your decision to live or die, and that’s really, really bad.
If someone you know and care about is doing this, help them find a therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist. Call the cops on them or drive them to the ER yourself if you can/think it’s best. Report them to tumblr or DW or whatever if you only know them online and don’t know who to call, because webadmins can track that stuff down. But please, please do not encourage this pattern. It’s bad for them and awful for those who love them.