Be aware that everyone is entitled to privacy, including those who have died by suicide. Where possible, ask for permission from a family member of the deceased before posting or sharing content about another person and only 'share'
their personal information if you have permission to do so.
If you know someone who has died by suicide, be aware that their family members or friends might see your post about their loved one’s death.
Talking about someone who has died by suicide
There are many complex factors that lead to someone feeling suicidal, so it is important to communicate about suicide in a safe way.
Celebrity suicides often receive a lot of attention online and it's common for people to read and share stories from a number of different feeds and sources.
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Setting up a page or group to remember someone who has died can be a good way to share stories and receive and provide support
Social media platforms often encourage the use of images, photos, videos and other multimedia. However, these can sometimes have unintended harmful consequences
There may be times when members of the memorial page indicate that they are struggling or are feeling distressed. These tips will help you feel equipped to respond
Have a plan in place about what to do if a person indicates that they are feeling distressed as a result of your post.
You might find it helpful to have a plan in place about what to do if a person indicates that they are feeling distressed as a result of your 'post'.
For example, you could provide them with information about or a link to a support service such as a suicide prevention or counselling helpline.
If you include links to support services, they should be placed clearly at the beginning of your post and only include services that you know are reputable.
It can also be helpful to emphasise parts of your experience that demonstrate the importance of seeking help early and messages that reduce stigma and promote hope and recovery. Some examples include:
☎️ Australian online and phone support services
📔 Social media platform resources
☎️ Call 000
For less urgent assistance, contact one of the following support services.
Provides free 24/7 telephone, online, and video counselling and crisis support to all Australians affected by suicide.
☎️ Call 1300 659 467
🌏️ Visit suicidecallbackservice.org.au
Provides free 24/7 online and phone personal crisis support and suicide prevention services to all Australians.
☎️ Call 13 11 14
🌏️ Visit lifeline.org.au
Provides free and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling for children and young people aged between five and 25 years.
☎️ Call 1800 551 800
🌏️ Visit kidshelpline.com.au
Provides email, chat and phone counselling for young people aged between 12 and 25 years. eheadspace operates seven days a week, from 9:00am to 1:00am AEDST.
☎️ Call 1800 650 890
🌏️ Visit eheadspace.org.au
US-based links to various social media platform centres:
BeReal help center
Discord help center
Facebook help center
Instagram help center
Messenger help center
Pinterest help center
Reddit help center
Snapchat help center
TikTok help center
Tumblr help center
Twitter help center
WhatsApp help center
YouTube help center