It has come to our attention that a graphic suicide video has resurfaced, been posted on, and gone viral on multiple social media platforms. The video shows a bearded man wearing glasses, and sitting at a desk prior to the disturbing footage. This was streamed live last month but has been shared recently on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook. This footage appears to be most visible on TikTok, due to algorithms. (please do not go looking for the footage!)
Unfortunately, these platforms have been unsuccessful at effectively halting the spread of this disturbing content. It is most likely still circulating on you or your child/teen’s device. This kind of content can be extremely disturbing for anyone who views it.
We met a young man in his early 20s at one our internet safety events at a high school. He was an alumni of the school and came up to talk to us after the event. He thanked us for telling the truth about extreme content, sexting, cyber bullying, and socia media addiction…and not “sugar-coating it”. He went on to say that in his early teens he was scolling through his social media feed, and saw a video clip of man jumping off a building and commiting suicide. It really disturbed him, and there isn’t a day that goes by where he doesn’t think about that day. It is like the memory is tatooed on his brain.
We asked him if he had ever had told anybody else about that event. His reply: “No”.
That young man had been trying to deal with that disturbing event in his life for over 10 years….by himself. That is why we started FortSafety. That is why we are so passionate about giving students and parents a platform to share their stories. We all need to #jointhediscussion about #internetsafety.
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- Changes in sleep patterns – too much or too little can be signs of trouble
- Extreme mood swings, particularly anger in teen boys as this is often a symptom of Depression Isolation from peers, and family changes in eating behaviors.
- Participation in high-risk behaviors can often be a teen’s method for seeking help.
- Drop in grades or lack of self-care.
- Talking about suicide.
- Preoccupation with death.
Depression is treatable.
It is critical that you have a healthy relationship with social media. Suicide rates for persons aged 10-24 increased 56% from 2007 to 2017…which when social media and smart phones became available.
Before social media came along, we all dreamt about getting our 15 minutes of fame. Now, because of social media, people live their lives like an open wound, anything to shock the world into reacting.
They will do, say, post anything to stay in the spotlight…because on the digital stage the rule is you get rewarded for bad behavior.
The worst the better.
More nudity, more clicks.
More provocative, more followers.
More shocking, more shares.
There is a scientific reason why we do this, btw. The likes we get, the followers we gain, and the shares that result are like getting applause and compliments in real life. Those feelings release “feel good” hormones like dopamine and seratonin. The same hormones are released when you get a “like”. But here is the kicker: we can become dependant and addicted to that little “rush” we get (same thing is caused by internet gaming btw….but that is a topic for another blog)
…and addicted and dependant people make BAD decisions.
That is why you can see a straight “A” honor student post an X-rated video of herself…all in pursuit of more likes.
How to have a healthy relationhip with social media
Additional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Resources:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Mental Health America Information: 1-800-969-6642 (free information on over 200 mental health topics, referral to local providers, and a directory of their nationwide network of providers
- Mental Health Net. Local resources, self tests, support, and educational materials.
- National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)
- Lifeline Crisis Chat (Online live messaging): http://www.crisischat.org/
- Crisis Text Line: Text “START” TO 741-741
- Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
- Family Violence Helpline: 1-800-996-6228