Sharing of suicide videos is dangerous and has negative influence
SOS witnessed a video of a suicide death on Facebook and wish to highlight that it should not be shared on the social media due to adverse impact on others.
Research has shown that when suicides are reported in detail, including how the person did it, there is a sharp rise in “copycat” suicides. Vulnerable people can be triggered and influenced by the gratuitous details of such suicide videos. In fact, if a person feels suicidal, it is not uncommon to feel compelled to start searching on-line for related websites.
Though the social media is an excellent platform for people who wants to spread awareness about suicide prevention, sharing a video showing someone dying from suicide is unthinkable and is not the way to do it. It is not only insensitive, but also disrespectful to the deceased and his/her family and friends.
As we talk about suicide deaths, one must be aware that we are surrounded by people for whom these images are profoundly painful.
Suicide has been a taboo subject for too long. We need to talk about it, but we need to do so in a way that’s respectful and avoids triggering people who are feeling suicidal and empathize the feelings and pains of survivors who lost their loved ones to suicide.
SOS appeal to the general public to keep the pictures and videos off social media, and let’s make the conversation more about how we can reach out to our loved ones to let them know that we care.