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15
Dec

Using Hashtags To Talk About Suicide & Self Harm

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant

Teenage Girls Are Using Hashtags To Discuss Their Experiences With Suicide & Self Harm

 

Buzzfeed took a fascinating look at teenage girls who use online platforms to discuss suicide and self harm. The article includes narratives from teen girls who use social networking sites like Tumblr and Instagram to talk about their experiences with depression, cutting, and suicide. They cover the they use hashtags to talk about these issues, why they are engaging in these discussions and more.

On how using hashtags helps them:

Annie: “The hashtags are an outlet. They bring some relief, but it’s more of knowing that there are people out there who understand, because many people don’t. Those people know that self-harm is not a cry for attention, it’s not a joke, or a phase, or something that will go away.”

On how they find the hashtags:

Zoe: “I found Tumblr a while ago and had been using it to keep up-to-date with TV shows and that kind of thing before I realized that I’m not alone in my depression and other people are going through that kind of thing too. After a quick Tumblr search, I felt a lot less alone. I saw how lonely people are and wanted to be there for anyone who needed someone to talk to, so I started my blog in 2012. I’ve been using Tumblr to look at these kind of tags since probably around 2011.”

You can find the article on Buzzfeed.

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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