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This is something I've always been in awe of the Abuse team for. Yes, a lot of their work involves dealing with petty, day-to-day conflicts amongst LiveJournal's users. But sometimes, they'll hear about a suicide threat by one of their users going down right now, and they jump right on it - looking for any little bit of information that might provide enough to get in contact with the appropriate people to save that person's life, whether that be a phone number or an address to send over emergency services.

With that in mind, I'm posting this entry, and asking you to spread the word. Because suicide isn't just a teenaged phenomenon, as I'm all too aware of.

I didn't post such an entry the last time [livejournal.com profile] rahaeli wrote about these incidents. I'm rectifying this now. Not because I'm depressed or suicidal; not because I'm accusing any of you of being so and/or trying to out you. I'm doing this, and asking you to spread it around, in hope of being able to help - to let people know they have this resource.

I know a lot of us grew up with the net, and are wary (to say the least!) that such personal information submitted to a website will be taken and misused; we've all been there before. Being friends with a number of the Abuse team members, I can vouch for their honesty; that they will only use this information to save your life. (It's built into the system as well, I believe - any time a team member uses that command, it's logged, and a lot of the appropriate specifics with it are logged as well.)

Yes, this is long; no, I'm not lj-cutting it. It's that important. I'd rather see 100+ copies of this entry on my friends page today and know that you all took me seriously enough/overcame your doubt that this information would be used appropriately enough to pass this along and make a post of your own.

Here's my contact info, should it ever be necessary.




Please post your full name, date of birth, full address, and telephone number (plus cell phone number, if you have one) to your journal, as the first chronological entry (backdated) in your journal, with Private security, and leave a note in your userinfo indicating that you've done so. The life you save may be your own. In the event of an emergency, LiveJournal administrators can view this information -- and please believe that it is only used in the event of an absolute emergency. But you'd be surprised how many of those there are on a service with four million users. And in an emergency situation, every second counts.

Yes, the Abuse team occasionally hears of users who plan to commit suicide, but there are other situations where having this information could possibly be of use to the police. There have been, for instance, phone posts that were interrupted by physical violence before, and other such situations. The Abuse team often gets reports of these things, and oftentimes, there is nothing we can do to help, because we can't find you.

Please take a moment of your time and make this post. Your privacy will never be violated except in absolute need, and though we hope it will never be necessary, it could prove to be very necessary indeed.


To post the above in your journal, you can copy the HTML from this box:

<a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/rahaeli/280239.html">via</a> <lj user="rahaeli">:<ul><b>Please post your full name, date of birth, full address, and telephone number (plus cell phone number, if you have one) to your journal, as the first chronological entry (<a href="lj://faq/91">backdated</a>) in your journal, <i>with <a href="lj://faq/24">Private security</a></i>, and leave a note in your userinfo indicating that you've done so.</b> The life you save may be your own. In the event of an emergency, LiveJournal administrators can view this information -- and please believe that it is only used in the event of an absolute emergency. But you'd be surprised how many of those there are on a service with four million users. And in an emergency situation, every second counts.

Yes, the Abuse team occasionally hears of users who plan to commit suicide, but there are other situations where having this information could possibly be of use to the police. There have been, for instance, phone posts that were interrupted by physical violence before, and other such situations. The Abuse team often gets reports of these things, and oftentimes, there is <i>nothing we can do to help</i>, because we can't <i>find</i> you.

Please take a moment of your time and make this post. <a href="http://www.livejournal.com/legal/privacy.bml">Your privacy</a> will <i>never</i> be violated except in absolute need, and though we hope it will never be necessary, it could prove to be very necessary indeed.</ul><hr />


(code for such ganked from [livejournal.com profile] jayo. thank you!)

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