“Have you seen [insert friend’s name]? He’s been depressed lately and I’m worried that he’ll do something stupid.”
“Are you okay? Promise me you won’t do something stupid.”
There’s no need to explain the meaning of phrases like these; everyone has heard them used before as a metaphor for suicide, or attempting suicide.
As someone who has suffered from depression, and as a result, muddled my way through the very lowest of lows for my entire adult life, I’m very familiar with this turn of phrase. (Post continues after gallery.)
I’ve heard it from friends, from family, and most shockingly, from medical professionals. It needs to stop because it is offensive, and quite frankly it is really condescending.
I understand that people mean well and they genuinely don’t want to lose you, or to see you hurt yourself but it’s completely dismissive of a potentially very serious situation, and it doesn’t help at all.