Twitter users prevent 'real-time suicide' using social media
Tweeter posted live commentary of drug overdose prompting a group who had never met her to step in
A TWEETER who threatened to commit a "real-time suicide" with live commentary was rescued by social media users who became concerned by her online messages.
The Tweeter, who goes by the name 'infamousT' and claims to be a transsexual video producer, told followers at around 7pm: "Stockpiled my meds - tonight is the night..." Then added: "YAY! get ready for a real-time suicide - cuz i can't be arsed with this unending bullshit... triple dose to start..."
According to her previous Twitter messages, she has a history of mental illness and has spent time in prison.
Tweeters grew frantic last night as she described herself as "a useless, failed human being - damaged beyond repair" and updated them about her drug overdose, with messages such as "fresh packet of pills now – lost count already" and "wow – kicking in now".
Users urged her to send them her address and retweeted messages to see if anyone knew where she lived before one user finally tracked her down to Haringey, London and called the emergency services.
Stuart Hyde, chief constable of Cumbria Police and a keen tweeter, was alerted to the messages and was able to inform concerned Twitter users later that the woman had been taken to hospital by an ambulance, where Cumbria Police say she has remained over night.
He told The Week: "It was a team effort – a team that didn't know each other. I had no idea who those people were but we were able to work towards achieving the same end. It was quite a surreal experience."
This afternoon, 'infamousT' returned to Twitter to thank her followers, writing: "RESURFACED: ok... I am still here. Much thanks for all your support. It touched my heart. x."
Another police officer, who anonymously blogs under the name MentalHealthCop, wrote today that he had been contacted five times in the last nine months over concerns about live suicides. He says that "the power of social media and online 'communities'" had made it possible in each case to put the victim in contact with health or police services.