The internet can be an invaluable resource for individuals experiencing self-harm and suicidal feelings, however, it can also provide access to content that can be distressing and triggering.
Samaritans, in partnership with government and digital sector partners, are developing a hub of online excellence in suicide prevention.
Our guidance offers practical tips for sites and platforms hosting user-generated self-harm and suicide content.
Guidance for young people on staying safe online when finding support for themselves or trying to support others.
Professionals who encounter self-harm and suicide content can contact us for support and advice.
At Samaritans, we believe it is important to help people avoid harmful content, whilst making sure supportive sources that have a positive impact are always available to them.
As part of the Online Excellence Programme, Samaritans will aim to understand the impact of self-harm and suicide content online and what makes content harmful, when and to whom.