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Mental Health MATTERS

What should I do if I see someone posting about suicide or self-harm on social media or in chat?


If you are someone you know is in immediate danger, contact law enforcement or a suicide hotline immediately.

International Association for Suicide Prevention: Find a helpline to immediately chat in a confidential, judgement-free space, whether you’re in a crisis or just need someone to talk to.


Trust Your Gut

If you’re worried about someone, take the step and reach out to them, or someone who can provide them with immediate help.

Reach Out

One of the most powerful steps is to make a connection. If you’re worried about a friend, ask them “Are you ok?”


Offer a calm, non-judgemental ear. Don’t feel the need to solve their problems or help them solve anything. You’re responsible for caring and listening, not fixing.


Be specific, “How can I support you?”. They might not have the answer for you right away, but your question might help them sort their own feelings out. If you’re worried about their immediate safety, don’t be afraid to ask “Are you thinking about suicide?”. Talking to someone about self-harm does not make them more likely to end their life, and can help you decide whether you need to enlist help.

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice or a substitute for professional help. For US residents with suicidal thoughts, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For non-US, find our crisis line at

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