The following is copied in whole from a friend’s journal. I’m passing it on for obvious reasons, and I would suggest that you do the same. While a little long, I think you will understand why I didn’t place it behind a cut.
“Friday night, one of my LJ friends left a suicide note in his LJ and then attempted. Shortly after several of us found his note. I was one of the only people who knew him IRL, but he lives half way across the country and I couldn’t provide the police with info on his exact location. I happen to know jessical, a member of the LJ abuse team, and read a comment she made a few months back in a neutral friends journal saying to contact the abuse team in the event that someone leaves a suicide note since the team has access to a lot of info individuals may not. In the middle of sorting out the situation the other night with my LJ friend I suddenly remembered that comment and had a friend contact LJ abuse while a few of us gathered more info on the individual. In a matter of minutes LJ abuse had the police on my friends doorstep. they found him and brought him to the hospital. If it wasn’t for LJ abuse being able to quickly respond with their information who knows how the situation could have turned out…
None of my friends that night even knew that LJ abuse could handle a suicide note. and until then, it had never occurred to me to pass the info on. Saturday I made the following post in my LJ and I’m asking that you all pass it on in your own. You never know, this info could be the info that saves the life of your friend or another LJer. (feel free to copy and paste it or quote me or whatever)
If you ever have a friend on your friends list threaten suicide or leave a suicide not in their LJ (public or friends only) contact the Livejournal Abuse Team immediately.
The Abuse Team does have more info on each LJer than most of us may have and can contact the users local police department and get them help a lot sooner than an LJ friend could if no one knows his real name or address… Abuse team handles these situations frequently.
jessical, a member of the LJ abuse team says: file a request with the LiveJournal Abuse Team with *all* IRL contact info you have”. Sometimes people forget to do that, and in suicide requests, seconds count. ( how the LJ abuse team responds )
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon that people leave suicide notes in their LJ, but very few LJers know to contact the Abuse team in the event that someone on their friends list leaves a suicide note… can you each take a minute today to post this info in your own LJ to spread the word throughout LJ as for how to handle this type of situation. like jessical said, “seconds count” and contacting LJ abuse for a friend is what may may save the life of someone on YOUR friends list.”