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Social Tools for Suicide Prevention
By: Jessica Cherok
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In the wake of Robin Williams’s death, a lot of attention is being paid to suicide and suicide prevention. Calls and visits to suicide prevention websites have seen a huge increase in volume since news of the actor’s death. For people suffering with depression and suicidal thoughts, there are some social tools out there that may be able to help.

Most of the major social sites — Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr — have reporting options for suicidal users. If you notice someone you follow posting suicidal thoughts or threats on one of these sites, you can report the posts to the site, which will then reach out to the individual users. For more information on how to access these reporting options, please see the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.

There are also apps such as MY3. With MY3, you can set up a safety network for yourself so that you can reach out to those people in times of suicidal thoughts.

You’re also able to create a safety plan, including your unique warning signs, coping strategies, distractions, network, and other safety tips. There are also resources for prevention, such as 24/7 access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The MY3 app is available in both the App and Google Play Stores. 

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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