There’s a lot of talk these days about the negative impact of social media. Whether it is cyberbullying, Social Media addiction or peer pressure all of these things can effect one’s mental health and in some cases even lead to suicide. It is understandable how social media can have such an impact especially in school aged children where the need to fit in is at an all time high. But what if someone told you that this often demonized form of technology can also be used for good? That is what we are going to try to explore in this article, can social media play a role in suicide prevention and awareness?
The short answer is yes, social media can play a significant role in suicide prevention and awareness. While it’s important to approach this topic with sensitivity and responsibility, social media platforms can be valuable tools for raising awareness, providing support, and connecting individuals with resources to prevent suicide.
Here are some ways in which social media can contribute to suicide prevention and awareness:
It’s important to use social media responsibly in the context of suicide prevention and awareness. Here are some guidelines:
While there isn’t research to specifically cover social media suicide prevention campaigns we can look at an interesting study from BMC Psychiatry. In this research paper 2 groups of countries were studied over 30 years. This first group labeled “verum” consisted of 4 countries where a national suicide prevention program (NSPP) had been implemented for at least 5 years. The control group consisted of 4 countries that are very similar to the verum countries in every way except they did not have a NSPP. Here are the results of the study below:
From these results we can see that countries which had a NSPP are on a downward trend when it comes to the rate of suicides where as the countries that did not have a NSPP continued to trend upwards. If the same type of messaging can be communicated through social media there is no reason that it can’t have a positive impact in the same way.
In summary, social media can be a powerful tool for suicide prevention and awareness when used responsibly and sensitively. It has the potential to reach a broad audience, provide valuable information and support, and connect individuals with the help they need.
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