'Social media' platforms often encourage the use of images, photos, videos and other multimedia. However, these can sometimes have unintended harmful consequences, particularly if they portray a person who has died by suicide.
Images, photos, video content or animations that depict a method of suicide or self-harm or the location of a suicide should be avoided. These can be upsetting to others who may be grieving and may lead to copycat behaviour by other people who are feeling vulnerable.
It is also recommended not to 'post' or 'share' images of people who have died by suicide looking dishevelled, threatening or clutching their head in distress. These images can reinforce negative stereotypes of a suicide and may be upsetting to others.
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