#Be The 1 to Keep Them Safe Social Media is part of our everyday life and is one way we communicate with othe
#Be The 1 to Keep Them Safe
Social Media is part of our everyday life and is one way we communicate with others. It is used to share our interests, our joys, our thoughts and our struggles with friends and family. Most of the time our friends and family share positive, but what do we do when someone is struggling with thoughts of self-harm or suicide? John Ackerman, Ph.D. wrote the article Warning Signs of Suicide on Social Media: What You Can Do When It’s Someone You Know. This article outlines the protocols that different social media platforms have to get help for someone.
- On Facebook, report the post by clicking here and filling out the form with the name of the person, the link to their Facebook profile, the link to the content in question, and a screenshot if you have one. A fully-trained member of Facebook’s Community Operations Team will review it to see if the person is at risk and will share support options with them. If imminent danger is suspected, local authorities may be contacted.
- Similarly, a post can be reported on Instagram by clicking the three dots above it. Select “Report” and then “It’s Inappropriate > Self-injury.” The app will send this message to the user: “Someone saw one of your posts and thinks you might be having a difficult time. If you need support, we’d like to help.” Suggestions to talk to a friend, direct access to a local hotline, and tips for getting support in other ways will be shared. Instagram will also send the message to people who search for hashtags that promote self-harm.
- Twitter has a form you can submit when reporting suicidal ideation. You’ll need to provide the username, a description of the problem, a link to the tweet (optional), your full name and email, and if you’d like, your phone number and Twitter username.
- Snapchat encourages direct contact with the friend to seek help via local resources provided on their site. If you feel uneasy about talking to them directly you can report their snap, on mobile (select “Mean or inappropriate snaps”) or file a general request for assistance from Snapchat’s Support Center.
- Content that promotes self-harm or glorifies suicidal behavior is not allowed on YouTube. If you see something troubling, you can flag the video by clicking the three dots just below the bottom right corner, selecting “Report” and then “Harmful dangerous acts.” YouTube staffers review flagged videos every hour of every day and will reach out to individuals with resources as well as work with suicide prevention agencies to provide assistance.
Help is available in a number of places, whether it be through the above resources, SafeUT, or the National Suicide hotline.