The subreddit r/RoastMe is one of the stranger corners of the internet.
The rules on the page are simple:
people from around the world post pictures of themselves for other Reddit users to mercilessly insult.
The rules of the page are strictly enforced and any conversation about subjects other than negative comments on the appearance of the poster is usually taken down by moderators.
However, r/RoastMe found itself breaking its one rule when a 17-year-old Russian poster admitted to having depression along with his picture.
Here is their original Reddit post:
The user, known as MufasaQuePasa, wrote:
“17 years old russian with crippling depression. Give me a reason to end it all.”
In this one case, however, r/RoastMe couldn’t help but reach out to MufasaQuePasa and tell him why suicide is never the answer.
“No, I, and most others refuse. You may seem on the surface as if you’re just being edgy, but there is no life in those eyes. I can only hope you are joking, and if not, that you get better. Dont delete this post. Know who you have to talk to in a time of need. This whole comment section is full of people who have been down that road, and I’m sure are willing to talk to you if need be. Get well, my friend, because depression isnt a joke, it is an illness that shouldn’t be overlooked.”
“You look like the guy I know that went to get help and got better.”
“You’re the same age as my son who committed suicide three months ago. Please don’t hurt yourself. I know there are people in your life who would be devastated. My son didn’t know how many people loved him and how much we hurt now that he’s gone. What’s worse is that his suicide worked. It looks as though he made efforts so that it would hurt himself but not kill himself; in the end he died and I know he didn’t want to. There was definitely evidence that he tried to back out once he started and couldn’t. Please stay alive. Please get help. Please don’t let your story end here.”
“U look like would have a gigantic, awesome smile.”
“Boy the only roast you need is for some roasted cashews and a therapy session. I hope you get some help and get through this, life still has a lot to offer.”
“Buddy, you stumbled into a pit of some of the most vicious vipers on the internet, and we’re all rooting for you. Virtual hug, my brother.”
“I’m with the others, I am normally pretty brutal but I’ve been there and the last thing you need is people ripping into you get help see a doctor get someone like a mental health worker to talk to.”
“Get out of depression, do something meaningful, grow an ego then come back here acting like you’re the shit, and I’ll fuck your mind up. Until then, get better my friend. Depression is a motherfucker.”
“These comments in the post are WHOLESOME! I agree with everyone seek help and reach out to people!”
“what are the odds, we live in the same building and studying in the same high school LOL!! you have that crazy dog which tries to kill mine. that’s enough Reddit for today. hope you feel better bruh.”
“Son, I’m not going to use words to hurt you. You wear the same eyes I do and that hurts me. I hate to see others wear this mask i have taken on. I won’t roast you ever and if you need someone to speak to, I’m here every day. Hold on, white knuckle grip, I’m not letting go and neither are you.”
“Sorry. I can’t roast you. My 14 year old daughter is in the same boat and it hits too close to home. Talk to someone and get some help. It would be terrible to have the world lose someone like you. Win your battle!”
walesmd has been through too much to stand by and let something like this happen:
“My sister took her own life 2-3 years ago (shit, have I really forgotten the year). It completely destroyed me and my parents – I remember screaming at my wife, who I’ve never argued with, something to the effect of “No – I don’t give a shit about your feelings! My best friend is FUCKING DEAD and she’s never coming back!” falling to the ground and just crying like a fucking baby for hours… in front of my 3 children. My parents, in their late 50s now, are having to raise my niece/nephew – starting all over in the parenting department when they should be grandparent’ing. I hope you get help, I want you to get help – you’re contemplating a permanent solution to a temporary problem. But, if you won’t stay alive for yourself, stay alive for everyone that loves you. It’s lonely out here after you’re gone.”