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Suicide and Social Media: A Tipsheet for Parents and Providers, 2019 (PDF 10.45 MB)
Mental health, non-suicidal self-harm, and suicide themes on social media continue to be an issue both youth and adults face on a daily basis. Experts recognize that youth engagement with social media includes positive and negative aspects and it is the goal of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) to help maximize the benefits while reducing any potential harm. Parents need to have tools for these conversations. As such, AAS has teamed up with physicians and subject matter experts to put together this list for anyone to help youth who come in contact with this digital content.

#chatsafe: A Young Person's Guide for Communicating Safely Online About Suicide, 2018 (PDF 6.56 MB)
There is a lack of evidence about safe and helpful online peer-to-peer communication about suicide, and there is little guidance available to help young people safely discuss suicide online. The aim of this project was to develop a set of evidence-informed guidelines that could help young people to communicate safely online about suicide.

Support for Suicidal Individuals On Social and Digital Media, 2018 (PDF 4.48 MB)
This toolkit is designed to help community managers understand: What to look for concerning suicidal content in an online community, When to respond to community members who have made statements related to suicide, and How to approach situations with at-risk individuals so that a community member can be connected to the appropriate resources.