On April 18th Zaheid tweeted about cutting himself:
He later tweeted about suicide.
On April 19th Zaheid wrote his suicide note.
After uploading his suicide note, he tweeted a countdown.
The taboo on mental health may stray teenagers away from getting the help they need. The ONS report stated, “Some online imagery can glorify, sensationalise, and normalise self-harm.”
Places of support can be quickly turned into a sinister horrifying web of hate.
Followers spreading positive comments in response to suicidal posts are trolled with hostile and abusive responses such as “laughing at you.” In an attempt to share suicidal thoughts, a follower was cruelly and unsympathetically told suicide was “shi**y and dumb.”
Even though social media platforms have measures in place, including flagging words like ‘suicide’ and self-harm posts, displaying a disclaimer before sensitive content and a pop-up box with information on where to find help, critics have strongly advised these measures are not enough.
The biggest challenge flagged is social media algorithms programmed to show viewers images of the same content, even if the posts are self-harm and suicide.
This means young people are assaulted with gruesome and dark suicidal content repeatedly, unknowingly falling into a vicious spiral, negatively impacting mental health.
The taboo on mental health in the South-Asian community is a way of thinking that has been adopted for generations, with each brought up avoiding emotions.
Even though mental health is more talked about, the lack of understanding in the Asian community may lead teenagers to turn to role models who have been through the same.
Zaheids suicide note mentioned the things he was leaving behind, including celebrating late Youtuber ‘Etikas’ birthday. Youtuber Etika took his life on June 19th, 2019, after falling into the East River in New York and uploading an apology video to fans on social media before his suicide.
Judy Farah explained, “Bridges are an attraction for someone considering ending their life. They’ve heard of other people doing it, and it seems like a quick and easy way” she then explains, “A person hits the water at 75 miles per hour, and all their bones are crushed.”
The last lines of Zaheids suicide letter were dedicated to Ro Ro-Chan, a fourteen-year-old Japanese schoolgirl who live-streamed her death, jumping off a 13th storey ledge on November 24th 2013.
The death received little coverage or widespread attention beyond local news until 2019, a Japanese rock band Shinsei Kamattechan released an animated music video, “Ruru’s Suicide Show.”
Her death became popular in 2019, and sadly, a Tik-Tok Anime trend for those who did not know what the song was about.
The chorus of the controversial song, “The Citys Bluetooth destroyed me”, was crossed out in Zaheids note.
The term represents how addiction to the internet can break a person from socialising and form a depressed and unstimulated mindset, which may slowly lead to breakdown: a metaphor for destroying and taking over younger generation lives.