An Australian man who posted an online advertisement for someone to kill him in exchange for everything he owns has received an overwhelming response from social media users who rallied together to save him.
The man, who News.com.au has chosen not identify, put the hit out on his own life via a Facebook page called “Gold Coast buy, sell and swap with easy rules,” on Monday.
“I will pay someone with everything I own for one favor … anyone interested?” he wrote.
He went on to list his valuables which included a “$300 + TV Xbox One, 360, PlayStation 2, about 100 games, 60 DVDs (and) 2 laptops”.
“All that if one person grants my request,” he wrote.
“Not a joke, the favor is simple … Kill me.”
Hundreds of Facebook users immediately responded to the alarming message but they weren’t vying for the job. Those who were able to ascertain where the man lived — including one man 30 miles away — jumped in their cars and rushed to his aid while others contacted emergency services.
But it was the dozens of messages of hope and support that ultimately “overwhelmed” him most.
“Message me anytime you want to vent,” Karen Holmes wrote.
“There’s plenty out there to live for,” Nick Lucas posted.
The man responded: “I’ve tried … but I’m over it … I want to be at peace.”
“I’ve been in this same spot for 5 years … I want the suffering to end … I want to go to the next world,” he continued.
“A life in this world is worth nothing to me … it is a curse.”
A few members of the group provided their personal phone numbers and suicide support contacts while others brainstormed ways to help or kept the man talking.
“How can we help this bloke?” John Sullivan wrote.
“Where are you at the moment?” another Facebook user asked.
“Please call someone or allow someone to read you. I lost someone to suicide and it doesn’t stop your pain. Those around you will live the pain you talk of.”
The man was inundated with messages from supporters who told him to “just keep going.”
“Please think of the good things. Your life is worth so much more,” one person said.
“Get real help my friend. I was where you are one year ago. Now life is wonderful. Believe in yourself,” another wrote.
Facebook user Tony Jacobson sent the man a private message and told him to “message us if yah need a chat.”
“Please call a family member, friend or Lifeline,” one person pleaded.
“If this is a cry out for help there are people who will help you.”
“You aren’t alone.”
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson confirmed paramedics attended a residence in relation to the incident just after 5 pm yesterday. The spokesperson could not comment further for privacy reasons.
A Queensland police spokesman told News.com.au, “Police were called to an incident in relation to a person possibly intending self-harm and that a person received medical attention.”
“We would not go into any more detail due to the nature of the incident,” he said.
A woman who said she was the man’s mother wrote a public message to the Facebook group that helped her son.
“I want to apologise,” she said. “I know this has upset people and possibly triggered others.”
“The messages of support are overwhelming.”
She said her son was “really taken aback by everyone’s kind words and encouragement.”
“One guy even drove down from Yatala (about 30 miles away) … we are in Burleigh,” she wrote.
“Anyway, QPS & QAS have been, and he has voluntarily gone with them to Robina hospital. (He) is diagnosed (with a condition) and medicated with a big team behind him. Please I would like your members to know how grateful I am to them and that he is OK and being looked after.”
Facebook user Margaret Thomson summed up what a lot of those involved said they were also feeling: “Makes me have faith in humanity,” she wrote.