Anonymous suicide note at Egypt's Ain Shams University sparks petitionary hashtags

Ahram Online , Wednesday 15 May 2019

Survivors of suicide attempts, students, professors, and common users all responded on social media begging the anonymous person who posted a suicide note not to take their life

Ain Shams

Users of Facebook and students at Cairo’s Ain Shams Medical University have been circulating a message written from a young student on a wall inside the faculty reading, “I will commit suicide on 1 June 2019 inside the WC at Ain Shams University," concluding with “Please don’t add another word.”

Since discovering the message, dozens of hashtags on Facebook and Twitter were created in an attempt to prevent the unknown student from taking their own life. 

Many students and doctors attempted to find out the identity of the student threatening to commit suicide, but failed.

The most important hash tags #كلنا_جنبك  (We are all for you)  and #رسالة انتحار طالب عين شمس ( Ain Shams Student suicide note) showed hundreds of support messages from people of failed suicide experiences, students, professors, and common users, trying to prevent the anonymous message writer from suicide.

"I am really sorry for what you have been going through, we are with you and by your side, we love you and we want you not to do this for our all sake," read a massage on the hashtag by user Farida Abdel Hakeem.

Another user, Salma Saleh, begged the person with a direct message: “Please do not do it."

"Life is much smaller to kill yourself over it," said Amira Badawi. "At a certain time, God will enlighten your skies, ease your ways and rebuild your gates."

Abdel Hakeem was more emotional in her message to the unknown person, saying: "Some day you will live with your family, watch your favourite series while your sweetheart prepares your favourite drink. You will have children that carry your name and you will be a succesful doctor, curing wounds severe than what you thought would have killed you."

Egypt's Ministry of Health has released the results of its latest study on the mental health of high school students in 2018, indicating that nearly 30 percent of students suffer from psychological problems, with 21 percent having experienced suicidal thoughts.
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