LEarN About Suicide

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A guide for communicating safely online about suicide

in collaboration with orygen

Before you post anything about suicide

Before you communicate online about suicide, take some time to think about the intention of sharing this post.
  • Remember that online posts can go viral and "once posted, always posted"
  • Be aware of where help resources are available
  • Be aware of the language and safety tips for discussing about suicide
More general safety tips for communicating about suicide online can be found here.

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Sharing your own experience

There may be times where you want to share your own experience with suicidal thoughts, feelings or behaviour.

There are some things you might want to consider before you do:
  • Your privacy
  • Share your experience in a safe and helpful way
    It is helpful to emphasise the importance of seeking help early and messages that reduce stigma and promote hope and recovery
  • The use of “trigger” warnings
    Trigger warnings are a statement at the start of your post that alerts that the post may contain distressing content

Communicating about someone you know who is affected

Everyone is entitled to privacy, including those who have died by suicide. If you’re concerned about someone because of their post, talk to the person directly.
Sharing about someone who has died by suicide
  • Only post what you know to be true - do not share information that you're unsure of or that you know is inaccurate
  • Do not speculate about an individual’s thoughts or feelings or about why the person took their life
Suicide of celebrities and public figures
  • Do not post or share content that speculates about the suicide of a celebrity before it has been confirmed by an official source
  • Do not post or share too many back to back posts, as too much exposure can have a negative effect on vulnerable people
  • The guideline for responsible media representations of suicide be found here

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Responding to someone who may be suicidal

Reaching out can be an important source of affirmation, connection and support. It might also be life-changing.

Always take any online content that suggests a person may be thinking about suicide seriously.
  • Before responding to someone who has indicated they may be at risk of suicide, ask yourself:
    - How are you feeling?
    - Are you able to provide support to the person if needed?
  • If you decide to respond, let the person know that you care about them and respond without judgement, assumptions or interruptions
  • Else, you may also encourage them to seek help
Find out more about how you can be a support here.

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