The deep web is not just a place for drugs and criminals. It hosts whistleblower platforms, Chinese netizens circumventing the country’s censorship Great Firewall, and a lot of other perfectly legal websites—heck, even Facebook is on it.
By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai|MOTHERBOARD
There’s also a new website that’s on the edge between legality and illegality, between empathy and what some would see as sinfulness: a forum to discuss anything related to suicide, from suicidal thoughts and fantasies, to actual methods of killing oneself.
It’s called Sanctioned Suicide, and its professed ethos is to give anyone a safe and completely anonymous haven to talk about their darkest thoughts.
“It is a place for people to find help and a place to vent,” Apollo, the pseudonymous founder of the site, told Motherboard, “as well as a place to find a suitable way of choosing to end their own lives, if that is their desire.”
Suicide is a taboo in our society, but it’s also a tragic reality. In 2013, there were more than 41,000 reported deaths by suicide in the United States, making it the 10th leading cause of death in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Leading suicide prevention organizations see it as a health crisis.
“While suicide is a leading cause of death, it is preventable. As a nation, we have a mental health crisis,” read a statement from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention last year. “To reverse the trend of suicide increasing, we need to invest in research, education, and support policy that helps people with mental disorders get the help they need.”