The internet and suicide
Some studies have examined that the internet can do both “good” and “evil” for suicide related topics (Anon 2009 online). Sometimes the internet is actually positive for suicide prevention information. But it is important to note that going onto negative websites may get you to feel negative so it is a good idea to stay away from them and instead try to become positive by doing positive things. Some of these include:
- Surrounding yourself with friends and family
- Listening to your favourite music
- Talking and opening up about your true feelings
- Getting plenty of exercise, such as, going for a nice walk or taking a jog around the block
- Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables (aim for 5 a day)
Sometimes the internet can be a good source for helping you through a difficult time, for example, listening to your favourite song on a copyright protected website or looking up new fruits which you can start to try. So if you are feeling bad or negative try to do things you really enjoy. What is your favourite song? Is there a website you love to visit because it makes you laugh? Surround yourself with good websites.
Coping with suicide
Lighthouse supports those who have been affected by suicide or self-harm directly or indirectly. So if you have lost a loved one and you are finding things difficult then you should contact Lighthouse today because we can help. Once you come in for a chat we will find out what is the best way to help you feel better. There are no quick fixes but with our help you will recover and feel positive about life.
The following coping tips have been taken from NHS’s website:
- It’s ok to cry. Having some personal time to cry and grieve is important.
- Keep a diary
- Sometimes you may not be able to speak so a diary or a journal may help you think about what you are thinking and feeling
- Self care
- Take some you time. What do you enjoy? Do these things.
- Birthdays / anniversary
- Talk to your friends and family members about what you could do. Keep busy.
- In the short term drinking may seem like a good idea but in the long-term alcohol can cause depression and make you feel worse.
- Self expression
- Do you like painting, arts or clay making? Have you tried them before? Sometimes these activities can help us express ourselves when we have no words.
- If you are feeling depressed you should talk about this with your GP. They can advise you on what to do next.
Social Media and suicide
Facebook and Twitter are examples of social media and are well used by lots of people. Suicide Prevention Resource Center looked at social media and schools following a suicide. They found that social media is an ’emotionally charged atmosphere’ that needs to be used to its best capability to promote suicide prevention efforts.
It is worth noting that social media is also full of opinions and reminders which can be upsetting. For example, seeing a photo of a loved one when you were not expecting to look at it can upset you. So it is important to only use social media when you are ready.
Please note: This page has been written to reflect today’s use of technology.
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- Anon. (2009) ‘Suicide.’ Health Education. 109(2) [page numbers missing]
- NHS. (2013) 5 A day. [Online]
- NHS. (2013) Coping after a suicide. [Online]
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center. (no date) After a suicide: A toolkit for schools. [Online]
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