How To Report Suicidal Content On Social Networks

We’ve all read the tragic stories of people committing suicide in front of a host of online “social network” friends. Sometimes, the online friends don’t take the threat seriously. Sometimes they have no idea where the person lives, or how to help them.

I think we are all aware of how much more open people can be with complete strangers, they may be much more likely to reach out to you and express their true feelings than they would their real life family and friends. Be prepared. I’ve done the grunt work for you, compiling a list of the most popular social networks with links on reporting suicidal content. Please share this post with others and save it for yourself in case you need it. You might just save a life!

If you are currently in crisis, please call 9-1-1, local law enforcement, or The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained operators are available at the Lifeline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you see a direct threat of suicide on a social network and you know the blogger, please contact law enforcement immediately. If the person you’re worried about is a member of the US military community, be sure to mention this so they can provide this person with custom support.

Whether you know the person directly, or not, for more in depth instruction on what to do, follow the steps outlined in my post: How To Help Someone Who Is Suicidal.

In a nutshell, here’s how to help:

Comment on their post with the contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and encourage them to call.

Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Website: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

If they are located internationally, please refer them to this list of International Suicide Hotlines.

  • Encourage him/her to reach out for help to a friend, family member, counselor, clergy and other community members via comments or a contact form, if there is one available on the site.
  • Post positive, supportive comments and encourage your friends to do so as well; in times of emotional crisis, understanding and kind words of encouragement can help convince someone to get help when they need it.

Please take the threat seriously. Just a few encouraging comments from you may be all they need to hear!

Supportive, caring comments are the most important things you can do for your friend. But if you are afraid for their lives, reporting their suicidal intentions may become necessary. Below are links to report suicidal content on some of the most commonly used online social communities. Click on the icon below to be linked to the appropriate page:

FACEBOOK

TWITTER:

Select “Report self harm”

WORDPRESS:

move mouse over the blog menu on the far left of the admin bar, and you will see Report this content which will allow you to send a report for content that promotes self–harm/suicide

YOU TUBE:

click on the flag icon under a video and select “Harmful Dangerous Acts” and then “Suicide or Self-Injury.”

MY SPACE:

Click the “Report Abuse” link that appears at the bottom of every MySpace page and complete the form. MySpace will then send an e-mail to the MySpace user with the Lifeline number.


TUMBLR:

Scroll down to the bottom and click “email us here”. Include as much information as possible including the URL of the Tumblr blog

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There are many other social networks out there. If you know of ways to report suicidal content for one that is not listed above, please share in the comments section! Please share this post, and thank you for caring!  ;-)

15 thoughts on “How To Report Suicidal Content On Social Networks

  1. HEAR YE, HEAR YE, EVERYONE…. The above is a prescription to keep a person alive, so they can really live. This info WILL save a life, or even many lives, maybe your own life. Please be vigilant and use as needed. You and the recipient of your love will never, ever regret it. God Bless this effort !

  2. I would rather a person was helped than we lost another human to suicide. I was at college when I first experience a friend self harming and lost a friend when I was age 21 his sister found him He was 2 yrs older, same age as my brothers. I have since then lost a cousin who was in her early 20′s. I have experienced mental health problems and been in hospital after both my children were born. I was 24 when I tried to say goodbye to the world but I was blessed and found in time. Many others are not so lucky. God bless every body in this world. And lets keep them here for as long as possible,and make it a good experince not just survival. Sorry if i said 2 much but I have very strong feelings. Bee Happy :-)

    • I appreciate all your words! There is no better source of comfort to others than the words of someone who has been where they are. Your strength in sharing your tragic story will be an inspiration to so many others! I’m so sorry for your losses, and for your own struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. It’s a blessing that you are still with us! hugs to you! ;-)

  3. When you report someone it doesn’t get them the help they need, the websites often just suspend or ban the person for posting things like that. Writing on blogs and social media actually make suicidal people like me feel a little better as it is a way to vent and express yourself. Reporting someone isn’t going to help, and if they get banned from a site it might make it worse for them.

    • thanks for sharing, I haven’t heard of anyone being banned for expressing suicidal thoughts, only for inappropriate behavior, ie: threatening, spam, pornography. It’s something to consider.

      Although, there have been many cases where a person has been helped through the actions of social media friends who had no recourse but to report. Kind and supportive words should always be shared, but in the end reporting may be warranted. It may not be the best option, but often, it’s the only option. ;-)

      • One of my youtube accounts were reported and banned for sharing thoughts on self-harm. I didn’t say it was a good thing to do or anything. Also, once on You Now I had my scars on camera and people didn’t like it so I got suspended. No one did anything to help on either occasions. I think it’s better to do nothing than report.

      • hugs to you, dear, I sure hope you are doing better now. my daughter has struggled with self harm, and I can only imagine how torturous it has been for you.

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  5. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get
    three e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from
    that service? Thanks!

    • I’m trying to figure out how to eliminate spam comments… There used to be a filter on here. Also, I don’t have the ability to remove you. You would have to uncheck that box that says you want to be notified. I’m sorry for the spam, I’ve been on hiatus from my blog. Now, I’m going to get active again and have to re-work some things.

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