Samaritans guidelines for managing self-harm and suicide online
In September 2020, Samaritans launched their Managing Self Harm and Suicide Content Online guidelines. Whilst the internet provides invaluable resources for individuals experiencing self-harm and suicidal feelings. It does carry potential risks by presenting opportunities to access graphic content, details around methods of harm and content that glorifies or promotes self-harm and suicide. These guidelines are relevant for all sites and platforms hosting user-generated content, regardless or size or function and provide a framework of best practice principles to support platforms to manage self-harm and suicide content in a safe and sensitive way, allowing users to benefit from the online environment whilst minimising potential for self-harm.