Young people might use the internet to cope with difficult feelings and engage in peer support when they find it challenging to connect with other people in real life.
Self-harm or suicide content can be distressing for anyone who comes across it. While the internet can help young people seek support in challenging times, it is not always helpful to access self-harm or suicide content.
What is self-harm and suicide content?
What is Self-Harm?
What is peer support?
Peer support is when young people living with a mental health condition or other complex needs and difficulties support each other with advice, empathy, and a listening ear. It can be a vital lifeline for many young people and can help them build independence, resilience, and healthier coping mechanisms.
Young people may use message boards, habit tracking apps, and social media to share information about their mental health.