Saturday, November 03, 2012

What You Can Do When Someone Expresses Suicide Online

From time to time you may encounter a person who is expressing thoughts of suicide on your social media sites.

If someone you know online is showing any of these warning signs, it is important that you post a message encouraging them to call the Lifeline. If you are friends with the person in real life or know where the person is, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) so that you can talk to a crisis counselor.

Writing about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
Writing about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
Writing about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
Writing about being a burden to others.
Writing about seeking revenge.

You can also contact the safety teams for social media sites! Facebook:Click here to anonymously report someone as suicidal on Facebook. A member of Facebook’s Safety Team will send the user an e-mail with the Lifeline number and possibly a link to chat with Lifeline counselor.

Twitter:Click here and select “Self-Harm” to send an e-mail to Twitter reporting a suicidal user. Twitter will send the user a direct message with the Lifeline number.

MySpace:Click on 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.

YouTube:To report suicidal content, click on the flag icon under a video and select “Harmful Dangerous Acts” and then “Suicide or Self-Injury.” You Tube will then review the video and may send a message to the user that uploaded the video with the Lifeline number.

Tumblr:Click here to write an e-mail to Tumblr about a suicidal user. Include as much information as possible including the URL of the Tumblr blog. A member of Tumblr’s Safety Team will send the user an e-mail with the Lifeline number.

1 comment:

Youthleader Gina said...

Thanks for the tips. I work with youth and occasionally see concerning posts on FB from a few.

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