Online Suicide Prevention Resources is a small wiki focussed on crisis resources available online without a telephone. There are listings for social media, secure IM chat, and public forums.
It was inspired by the International Suicide Prevention Wiki, created by Post Secret, which features a table of links and directories for telephone crisis hotlines and resources all over the world. The list I created today is solely for non-phone contacts. Included are details of the hours for each service.
Why make such a list? In today’s cell phone family plan homes, calls show up on bills read by parents, and youth might want privacy for a long list of reasons including the parents being the problem. By using the Internet, people can connect one on one to trained counselors, then clear browser histories on shared computers. Youth in BC, one of the best IM chat sites and very aware of the needs of its viewers, offers a “hide page” button on its home page that goes immediately to Google’s search home page. For people who are more comfortable with public details (but still don’t identify in posts) there are discussion forums. There’s also a group on Second Life. Plus, old-fashioned email.
If you write a blog or update twitter and Facebook accounts, there are updated guidelines for you as the media on how to write about suicide to prevent contagion.
Foremost, there are coping skills and reasons for living for those considering suicide. All free and online.
Two hours after I posted the link to Twitter, I had a response from a person who had taken an overdose but contacted someone after seeing the list. Already more than worth my effort. It’s helped save one life, that I know of. If you post the link too who else might it help?
Here’s the quick version:
Online Suicide Prevention
(No telephone needed)
One thing illustrated is a need for more resources. Click here to view the longer list, and please leave additions for links to online supports, in the comments. Note that these resources are not a substitute for emergency services in your community; please call an ambulance if you are in imminent risk.