Suicide Prevention Hotlines
With the suicide of Robin Williams, many people start wondering “why?” People face what they seem to be insurmountable problems, whether it be depression, bullying, addiction or something else, and even though many are on social media, how many of us have true friends that we can share our innermost thoughts and demons?
If you feel like you want to commit suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), where you’ll be connected to a skilled trained counselor at a crisis center in your area 24/7..
If you see someone on Facebook or other social media sites that are writing about wanting to die or kill oneself, writing about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live, writing about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain, writing about being a burden to others or writing about seeking revenge, they need some help. If you know them in real life, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) so you can talk to a crisis counselor, and get some advice to help them.
To contact Safety Teams at Social Media Sites
- Facebook: Click here to anonymously report someone as suicidal on Facebook. A member of Facebook’s Safety Team will send the user an e-mail with the Lifeline number and possibly a link to chat with Lifeline counselor.
- Twitter: Click here and select “Self-Harm” to send an e-mail to Twitter reporting a suicidal user. Twitter will send the user a direct message with the Lifeline number.
- MySpace: Click on the “Report Abuse” link that appears at the bottom of every MySpace page and complete the form. MySpace will then send an e-mail to the MySpace user with the Lifeline number.
- YouTube: To report suicidal content, click on the flag icon under a video and select “Harmful Dangerous Acts” and then “Suicide or Self-Injury.” You Tube will then review the video and may send a message to the user that uploaded the video with the Lifeline number.
- Tumblr: Click here to write an e-mail to Tumblr about a suicidal user. Include as much information as possible including the URL of the Tumblr blog. A member of Tumblr’s Safety Team will send the user an e-mail with the Lifeline number.