December 24, 2013

How to Help Someone Online Who Appears to be Suicidal

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Encountering someone on the Internet who appears to be suicidal can be a scary and overwhelming experience. It is normal to feel powerless on encountering such a person. You want to help, but what can you do? You might not know the person in real life, and they could live on the other side of the country from you. Fortunately, you have at least one option you might not have realized.

If you live in the United States, you should know about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Lifeline has a page offering suggestions for how to help someone you encounter online who appears to be suicidal, and it includes information about how to report someone as potentially suicidal on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, and Tumblr.

I encourage you to bookmark this resource. You never know when you might need it, and it could help save a life.

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