Suicide and social media: A tipsheet for parents and providers

Date: 2019
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)

Information

Type:  Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Author:  American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
Publisher:  American Association of Suicidology (AAS)

This tip sheet provides direction to parents to monitor their children’s use of social media by being aware of popular apps, websites and accounts among youth. Both providers and parents should ask youth about their exposure to violence, especially, self-directed violence and suicide, on social media. If needed, they should consult with a mental health expert. Some parental control tools are also listed. 

Populations:  Youth, Children Ages 12 and Younger, Adolescents
Settings:  Health Care, Behavioral Health Care, Family Members and Caregivers
Planning and Implementing:  New and Social Media