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Date: 04/12/2019
Author: The National Mental Health Programme
Source: MoPH
Don't let your Life end in Silence Call the Lifeline 1564

Suicide is a sad painful loss of a human life. Media reporting about suicide can either minimize the risk of imitative suicide or increase its risk depending on the way in which the suicide story was covered. The reporting might also affect the family and friends of the person. We all have a role to play as users of social media and have to give careful attention to the below:

✓ Before sharing any post, check facts about suicide and avoid spreading myths.
✓ Don’t describe or put images relating to the method used. Don’t share nor like posts that do.
✓ Don’t use nor share photographs or video footages or social media links.
✓ Don’t speculate nor share posts that speculate about the cause or trigger of a suicide, even if provided by close family or friends. Don’t use simplistic explanations for suicide and avoid linking it to one single causal factor.
✓ Don’t assume people who attempted suicide are weak or trying to seek attention.
90% of suicide attempts are linked to a mental health condition that can be treated if identified and if people are supported to seek professional support. Mental disorders result from a combination of biological, social and psychological factors.
✓ Spread the number (1564) of the national Suicide Prevention Lifeline “Embrace Lifeline”. Operators are ready to listen to persons who want to talk to someone or to persons who are worried about someone daily between 12pm and 2am.
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