(Netizen: A user of the Internet)
The internet is a place where information and data can be easily distributed at instantaneous speeds. Netizens may share their personal opinions, standpoints or comments about suicide on the internet. Due to the easily widespread influences of social media, please think carefully as a responsible netizen before expressing your opinions. For information pertaining to reporting suicides in media, please refer to the Media page
- When coming across posts showing possible risks for suicide
- “Better be safe than sorry”. Even if you are unsure whether the users may be at risk of suicide, please try to contact and locate them, and try to make sure there is someone accompanying them. If you cannot contact them for any reason, you can call the police (999) for assistance.
- Avoid using emojis when responding those who are very distressed, because they may misinterpret your emoji responses. Instead, consider calling them directly.
- Do not mock or criticize them, or make any judgments based on their behavior.
- If you have ensured their safety as well as yours, try talking to them. Please refer to the Friend page on handling suicidal matters.
- If you feel you are not able to handle their emotions or difficulties alone, you may call the hotlines provided by social service organizations or other online support resources. Try to encourage them to seek help from the professionals on their own initiative, or with a friend.
- Trust your instincts and take initiative in caring for the people around you!
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