On the whole, social media is a great place to connect with friends, catch up with the latest news and share moments from your life.
Unfortunately, however, there may be times when you come across distressing content on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. This might include content promoting suicide or people expressing suicidal thoughts, content glorifying eating disorders (such as anorexia or bulimia), and depictions of self-harm and self-injury (for example self-cutting, scratching, burning or biting).
When you see this type of content you might have questions such as: why do young boys and girls self-harm? How do I help someone who is self-harming or suicidal? Or, how do I report content which is distressing for me and other social media users to see?
Fortunately, there are places you can go for help and support with all of these questions. Self-harm or suicide content is not tolerated on social media sites and can be reported directly to these platforms. Most social media sites, and other online platforms, also contain information about to help or support someone experiencing self-harm, eating disorders or suicidal thoughts.
Remember, if you’re struggling with your mental health and want to talk to someone independently about this The Samaritans are there to help. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call the emergency services on 999 for assistance.
Find out how to report self-harm or suicide content to commonly used social networking sites below: