Being exposed to graphic online content which relates to self-harm and suicide can be distressing and may encourage or exacerbate these behaviours.
Stories can also create opportunities to encourage people to engage in the online environment in safe ways and to signpost audiences to guidance on how to post online safely and Samaritans’ helpful online safety resources. More information can be found here on understanding self-harm and suicidal content online.
Download our guidance for advice on how to safely report on self-harm and suicide content online
Samaritans’ media advice team is available to support journalists and to answer questions relating to reporting on self-harm and suicide content onlineat [email protected]
Providing information on how to contact organisations where people can find support, including helpline numbers, can encourage people who are struggling and may be experiencing suicidal thoughts to seek help. This could save lives. The below video can be embedded in articles and other content, or alternatively use our helpline details listed below.
When life is difficult, Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year. You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at [email protected], or visit samaritans.org to find your nearest branch.