By CourtesyJuly 27, 2018
VICENZA, Italy -- There may come a time when you encounter an individual who is expressing thoughts of suicide on your social media sites.
Individuals may be surprised to learn that you can help by posting a message encouraging the person to call the Crisis Line in Europe, 00800-1273-8255 or DSN 118, or the Lifeline at Suicide Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255). You can also help by contacting the safety teams on the various social media sites.
On Facebook, you can anonymously report someone as suicidal by going to Report Suicidal Content Facebook's safety team will send the individual an email with the Lifeline number. You can also use Facebook to support someone in a suicidal crisis.
On Twitter, go to the Help Center and Select "Self-Harm" to send an email to Twitter reporting an individual who is suicidal. Twitter will send a direct message to the individual with the Lifeline number.
On Instagram, go to the Help Center and report the individual that shared the suicidal content.
On YouTube, you can click on the flag icon under a video and select, "Harmful Dangerous Acts" and then, "Suicide or Self-Injury". YouTube will review the video and may send a message with the Lifeline number.
On Tumblr, go to the help page and write an email to Tumblr about an individual who is suicidal. Include as much information as possible, including the URL of the Tumblr blog. Tumblr's safety team will send the individual an email with the Lifeline number.
Take the time to familiarize yourself with these processes now, so that if the time comes when you encounter an individual who is suicidal, you will know how to report the individual and get him/her help.
For more information, feel free to contact Sandra Class at 637-7245 or 335-777-5520. (Army Substance Abuse Program)