Nov 6th 2010 1:26PM Thank you very much SaintStryfe! your response is very helpful. I really appreciate your answer!
Mar 19th 2010 1:22PM Hi Robin,
Great Article. Thank you for bringing up the subject.
I am a Mental Health Professional and come across people with mental illness in my line of work all the time. Therefore, I was aware of the possibility of encountering those situations from the day I set foot in Azaroth.
Suicide and managing a suicidal client is NEVER easy, even when you are trained for it. If you are not trained, it is even more anxiety provoking and confusing. One thing that helps clinicians deal with suicidal threats is having a plan. One part of the plan (beyond how to assess suicidal ideations and so forth) has to do with the practicality of keeping the person safe.
When someone is acutely suicidal in real life often the recommendation for keeping the person safe is to hospitalize the person. The reason is that often words do not help alleviate acute suicidal ideations. In addition, research indicates that a lot of times the episode of acute suicidal thoughts passes within about 72 hours. This means that if the person survives this amount of time, usually the ideations subside considerably to the point he is no longer a threat to himself or herself.
In real life whether you are a clinician or a lay person, when someone is acutely suicidal, sometimes there is nothing to do except get him or her to a hospital. In real life you can call 911 and do that. In WoW it is somewhat more challenging.
The plan I always had for myself should I come upon this situation is to continue to chat with the person, and contact a GM while doing it. Blizzard has the ability to call the police and provide them with details about the person's whereabouts. That is what I suggest people do.
If you are not a professional you really are not qualified to deal with very acute suicidal ideations and threats. You also might not have the resources to support yourself through the process (other professionals to share feelings with and so forth). Even for professionals suicide is always tricky and practicing through an MMO is even trickier. And lastly, when someone is very acutely suicidal words often do not help, but a wait period of a few days in a monitored environment like a hospital does.
Bottom line is that in my opinion, if you come across someone who is seriously suicidal, contact a GM, save screenshots of the conversation in case you need to send it to the GM, and let Blizzard send 911 to care for the person.
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