I hope not, because that’s pretty close to what I’m trying to do for my story… (sweats)
I’d definitely, definitely include a mature themes warning at the beginning of the story, and the option to skip the most sensitive parts (like the one where someone finds the body, and any descriptions of how sad the character felt and their exact thought process toward the act). I’d say that the most important part is to properly convey the seriousness and wrongness of the act.
So I’d say you’re in the clear, but then again, I’ve never pushed the rules. Maybe, rather than “stupid,” it could be “…but now I see that it caused so much pain to the people who loved me all along” or “…but all it did was keep things from ever getting better for me.” But idk.
Some specific cases of stories with lots of reads that include these sensitive topics
- Various mentions of “fairy” as a homophobic slur, usually no more than once per scene, because it’s potent enough
- To a trans man: “It’s good that you’re still a girl,” “I liked her better as a girl,” etc.
- Suicide of a minor character and you could see the feet hanging, therefore it wasn’t too emotionally painful because the reader didn’t have a strong connection with him
- Suicide of a major character (mean girl) with something along the lines of “why does no one ever choose me?” body isn’t shown but tombstone is, and the aftermath is approached with sadness from all, even the protagonist (Yes, this is I Married a Prince)
Point being, I’d say to do two things: 1. Avoid things being too graphic/traumatic, and 2. Guide the reader toward a good morality and sense of right/wrong.