Today is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay and BuzzFeed is committed to supporting the cause by spreading awareness, creating communities, and providing help to anyone struggling.
Fittingly, this year’s WSPD theme is “Working Together To Prevent Suicide” and we would be remiss not to think critically about how we can use BuzzFeed’s platform to support that mission. Everyone has a role they can play in suicide prevention, and here’s what we hope BuzzFeed’s can be:
• We will continue to publish expert-backed mental health content that helps our readers develop coping mechanisms, gives them hope, and encourages them to seek the help and treatment they need.
• We will lift up stories both personal and newsworthy to encourage conversation, increase understanding, or to make people feel less alone.
• We will continue to adhere to the Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide to reduce potential harm.
• We will provide avenues for social connection — an important aspect of suicide prevention — between our readers, such as through our FaceBook groups Page Turners and Room of Requirement, our BuzzFeed Community, and forthcoming programs.