Remove Suicide-Promoting Products From Amazon's Network
Amazon.com's e-commerce site is allowing vendors to market/sell a series of products (t-shirts, mugs, sweatshirts, etc.) that poke fun at suicide, such as "got suicide?" mugs and tees depicting someone hanging themselves while others watch and eat popcorn. Worse, the slogan read: "Suicide Watch." These products are manufactured by various companies such as Starlite Shopping Mall, Knick Knack Gifts, etc.
The stigma surrounding mental health has contributed to the fact that more than half of all people who have suffered with depression have not spoken about it. In turn, this has contributed to the fact that suicide has become the 2nd leading cause of death among students and young adults in counties like Canada. 1 in 5 Canadians in general are affected by some form mental health issue.
In the US, it's the 3rd leading cause of death among young adults. Some quick stats: Students in grades 9-12 in the U.S. during 2013/4
• 17.0% of students seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months
• 13.6% of students made a plan about how they would attempt suicide in the previous 12 months
As the numbers escalate, we must demand that corporations stop supporting the stigma - and worse, profiting from it.
On behalf of the students we support, we are asking you to help us show Amazon.com that this is not acceptable and that any products that promote suicide must be removed from their catalogs. The message will also be shared with the manufacturers.
- Offensive Products Marketed On Your Website
Please stop allowing suicide-promoting or shaming products such as the "Got Suicide?" and "Suicide Watch" logoed products from being sold through your site.
Beyond being offensive, it's perpetuating a stigma that keeps kids who are suffering in silence from asking for the help they need.
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