Our expert says:
Of course, I hope folks realize, once I have responded to a posting, I don't see it or any subsequent comments on it, again. I'm sorry if there have been nasty comments arising. I don't hold with a tough love approach to suicidal people, nor an over-indulgent one. As you say, all the weight of evidence and experience ( including our experience here within this forum ) is that its the kindly words that save lives, not the hostile ones.
I think one must also recognize that where there are VERY angry and hostile responses, this is usually not actually about the person who posted the original message, but reflects something deep and murky and nunfinished in the person posting the hostile response. Where there is a little value in such responses, is that they may remind the original poster of the depth of felings they may arouse in others, which may be far more than they expected.
Of course you, and anyone else, remain free to post any sincere message about yourself and your feelings.
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