There's lately been a lot of media coverage about young people's safety online, most recently the Momo challenge. Mental health, non-suicidal self-harm, and suicide themes on social media continue to be an issue both youth and adults face daily. Below are a few great resources to support patients if they mention these concerns.
The American Association of Suicidology has teamed up with physicians and subject matter experts to put together a list for anyone to help youth who come in contact with upsetting digital content.
To date, there is a lack of evidence about safe and helpful online peer-to-peer communication about suicide, and there is little guidance available to help young people safely discuss suicide online. This resource was designed by Orygen, the Australian National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, to develop a set of evidence-informed guidelines that could help young people to communicate safely online about suicide.
Netsafe is New Zealand's independent, non-profit online safety organisation. They provide online safety help, support, expertise and education to people in New Zealand, including advice for parents about exposure to upsetting content.
The Mental Health Foundation has issued a statement on the Momo challenge.
For more information contact Amanda Bradley, Mentally Well programme lead.