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How to Report Someone Expressing Suicidal Thoughts


Every now and then you may encounter a person who is expressing thoughts of suicide on your social media sites. If someone you know is displaying suicidal warning signs, please send them a message encouraging them to seek help. You can give them information regarding the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Warning signs include:

  • Writing about wanting to die or killing oneself.
  • Writing about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Writing about feeling trapped or living in unbearable pain.
  • Writing about being a burden to others.

How to Contact Social Media Safety Teams: 


  1. Click HERE to anonymously report someone as suicidal.
  2. A Facebook Safety Team member will sent the user an email with the Lifeline number & a possible link to chat with a Lifeline counselor.



  1. Click HERE and select "Self-Harm" to send an email to Twitter reporting a suicidal user.
  2. Twitter will send the user a direct message with the Lifeline number. 



  1. Click on the flag icon under a video and select "Harmful Dangerous Acts" and then "Suicide or Self-Injury."
  2. YouTube will review the video and may send a message to the user that uploaded the video with the Lifeline number.



  1. Click HERE to write an email to Tumblr about a suicidal user. Include as much information as possible including the URL of the Tumblr blog.
  2. A member of Tumblr's Safety Team will send the user and email with the Lifeline Number.



The above information was disseminated from published material by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

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