Suicide is the Third Leading Cause of Death for Youths

Social Media and Suicide Prevention: Third Leading Cause of Death for Youths

Social Media and Suicide Prevention: Third Leading Cause of Death for Youths

Suicide is the Third Leading Cause of Death for Youths


Social media has become such a powerful tool for those in need of a platform to express themselves these days. Depending on which side of the fence you’re on social media can change one’s life in several ways. It can improve or damage self-esteem. Ever since the internet began offering an unlimited choice of different apps where you could enlarge your social circles along with your posts and tagging friends and pictures, the rate of suicide among young people have increased. Social media and suicide is an issue that is increasingly evident in the behavior of people’s life, especially in teenagers.

As young people are the high users of social media, which includes chat rooms, blogs, video sharing sites (e.g. YouTube), social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Google+ etc.) and other online forums, as well as e-mails, text messaging and video chats. Thus, young people are more involved in the suicide social issues.

Recent cases in which cyber bullying have led to a suicide making this issue worse. Cyber bullying is the act of harassing someone via information technology networks in a frequent and deliberate manner. With the increased use of social media, cyber bullying has become very common, especially among teenagers.

“Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youths and young adults aged from 10 to 24 years old” says W. J. Casstevens.

This activity directly links with the youngsters maintaining a constant link with the internet. Almost every other youngster has access to new and latest technology. This rapid change in the use of social media has been increased with the introduction of smartphones. Now, youngsters feel safe and comfortable while sharing their feelings online. They tend to say those things on online forums that they won’t be able to say face-to-face.

However, before the introduction of social media sites, young people use to express themselves in a dairy which they hide away in a locker or a cupboard. But now things have changed adversely. Sharing feelings online can be harmful even beyond your imagination.

Thus, recent efforts in social media have been made for suicide prevention which is as following:

  • For preventing yourself from suicide, you can get help or may be treatment from a clinician. The most important thing that a clinician can do is to open an honest communication where all your feelings are safe and confidential. It is very essential to have a conversation about how to keep safe online.
  • Since clinicians don’t follow clients online, it is highly significant to train others so that they know what to do when suicide risks become apparent among their peers.
  • We also need to inform people that where in their community they should go for help and refer it to their other friends.
  • Promote art that is healing and hopeful for the depressive people.
  • Create a playlist on iTunes that shares uplifting and full of life songs designed to pull people out of dark times.
  • Publish a downloadable book with short stories promoting positive transformation.

In conclusion you should never rely on social media when it comes to sharing your feelings. Social media may be a part of your life but should not be your life.

Walford Guillaume

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