All this is not to say that risks don’t exist. They do and we need to be cautious. But we also have to be pragmatic. Social media isn’t going anywhere, young people like it and it offers many opportunities. So as professionals, we need to work carefully alongside young people and social media providers in order that we can fully harness the raft of opportunities that social media platforms offer to the field of suicide prevention.
Jo Robinson, PhD, is head of suicide prevention research at Orygen, The National Centre for Excellence in for Youth Mental Health in Parkville, Victoria, Australia.
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