Supporting Safer Internet Day
Today is Safer Internet Day
Today we are standing together with other organisations in calling for a safer and kinder internet. We believe the internet is an incredible place, and we want to make sure that the Online Harms Bill in the UK goes far enough in ensuring that the internet is a safer, kinder and more supportive place for everyone, including those who struggle with thoughts of suicide or self-harm. To read more about our campaign and get involved, visit our campaign for a safer internet section.
In addition to getting involved with the campaign, we have our dedicated online safety resources to help support people who may be worried about content they have seen online or wish to talk about their own experiences in a safe way online.
Here are some pointers to think about when sharing content online:
- Think about the impact your post could have on people who are having a tough time. Re-sharing unhelpful posts about suicide could spread unintentional harmful messages, so check that any posts you share talk about suicide in a sensitive way.
- Some people might be upset seeing a post about suicide, even if it's supportive or helpful. Putting a note at the start of your post, letting people know it relates to suicide, gives others the option to choose whether or not they want to look at it.
- It is always best not to post about methods of suicide or self-harm. This can increase awareness of these methods and has been linked to increased rates of suicide.
- If you are worried about any content online, report it, talk to someone you trust about what you've read and try to focus on something else to take your mind off it.
- If somebody is struggling online, here are some things that may help: signpost them to us or another support organisation, tell them you care and encourage them to talk to someone they trust.