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)
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:
Select “Report self harm”
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
click on the flag icon under a video and select “Harmful Dangerous Acts” and then “Suicide or Self-Injury.”
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.
Scroll down to the bottom and click “email us here”. Include as much information as possible including the URL of the Tumblr blog
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! ;-)