Social media users urged to consider rising suicide rates

Posted on May 29, 2014

AUSTRALIA - LIFELINE and one of the country's top mental health experts have urged social media to take greater responsibility as suicide rates in Australia hit a 10-year high.

Adjunct Associate Professor John Mendoza, the inaugural chair of the National Advisory Council of Mental Health, said Facebook and Twitter were like "council parks" and someone needed to ensure a "safe environment".

Mr Mendoza said there was a "collective outbreak (of people) forgetting social mores".

"This is the danger with the anonymity social media provides," he said.

"People aren't prepared to put their names to tweets or blogs.

"They seem to believe not saying it face-to-face doesn't matter."

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Category(s):Suicide Prevention

Source material from Gympie Times


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