Hollywood stars help prevent suicide after Twitter alert
Hollywood actresses Demi Moore and Nia Vardalos, star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, helped police on Friday thwart a possible suicide attempt after being alerted to it through Twitter.
Moore and Vardalos were instrumental in rushing police to the home ofan 18-year-old Florida man who had written a message on Twitter saying he had messed up my life bad and was thinking about killing myself.
The suicidal man, who is not being identified by AFP, wrote a message addressed to Moore’s Twitter account saying he was about to go hang myself from a tree outside my house and end my life.
I have no reason to live anymore, the man wrote, adding I am going to send a live feed of me hanging myself. No one cares if I die or not.
Moore, who is married to actor Ashton Kutcher and goes by @mrskutcher on Twitter, wrote the man back asking if he needed help. He responded yes.
Vardalos, who saw the exchange on Moore’s public Twitter feed, called a suicide prevention center in Los Angeles which contacted the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
The police officer who arrived at the young man’s home in Casselberry, Florida, around 2:30 am said in his report that he found him sitting at his computer desk crying.
His mother told the officer her son was very emotional and diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder.
The police officer said the man admitted posting the suicide threats on Twitter and that he did not know what he would do to himself without help.
He was placed in protective custody.
Moore posted amessage on her Twitter account on Friday saying Thank you Twitterverse for your help supporting someone in pain last night.