Facebook (almost) Killed Leo

Leo is not his real name. But there are many like him.

Leo flips through Facebook and sees something that makes him want to vomit.

Now a number of things on Facebook on any given day may cause a gag reflex.

But for Leo, this one was the worst.

It was personal.

It’s Leo’s ex…photographed with her lover…and their young child.

Someone else’s lips touching her forehead. Someone else’s child hugging her leg.

Never read the comments.

Leo read the comments.

“Most adorable family ever!”

“So cute”

Leo is livid. He’s also been fighting mental illness for, well, most of his life.

Leo wants it all to end: the betrayal, the lost future, the unhappy ending to a fairy tale that was more of a scary tale.

The only question in Leo’s mind is who will stop living so that the pain stops?

The ex?
The lover?

The photos and comments on Facebook almost killed Leo.

Leo made up his mind.

And as Leo checked himself into the psychiatric hospital (knowing he was a harm to himself or others) he wasn’t sorry he had to turn over his smart phone to the intake nurse.

No smart phone = no Facebook.

Published by Sarah Griffith Lund

Leader, preacher and author of *Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Church and Family*

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