Did I Do The Right Thing? This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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   It all started a couple of months ago when a friend of mine started telling me she wanted to die. I always tried to change her mind, and I always tried to help her through her problems. Every time she told me she wanted to do it, I didn't believe her, but then one day she wrote me a note, and from what it said, I believed she was serious about it this time. I was terrified, I didn't know what to do. Then I talked to my guidance counselor. I showed him the note and he also believed she needed help. I felt relieved, at least I knew somebody was going to help me in trying to stop her, but I also felt like I was betraying her because she trusted me and I told other people about it. She went to the hospital for a week. I visited every single day to keep her company so she wouldn't feel lonely. Now I think things got better, and she doesn't talk about dying any more, which is great. I think she realized how many people care about her now. I hope I did the right thing by revealing her problem. Someday, when she has recovered completely from all of this, I have the intention of telling her it was I who "told" on her. Maybe she'll be upset for a while, but at least it will make me feel better. n



Editor's Note: It's important to know that it's all right to "tell" if you feel a friend is really in danger of hurting him/herself. The Samariteens also offers help on suicide issues.


This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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