Suicide & self-injury policy

The safety of our creators, viewers, and partners is our highest priority. We look to each of you to help us protect this unique and vibrant community. It’s important you understand our Community Guidelines, and the role they play in our shared responsibility to keep YouTube safe. Take the time to carefully read the policy below. You can also check out this page for a full list of our guidelines.

At YouTube, we take the health and well-being of all our creators and viewers seriously. Awareness and understanding of mental health is important and we support creators sharing their stories, such as posting content discussing their experiences with depression, self-harm, or other mental health issues.

We do not, however, allow content on YouTube that promotes suicide, self-harm, or is intended to shock or disgust users. 

What to do if you find this content

If you come across content in which someone expresses suicidal thoughts or is engaging in self-harm, please contact local emergency services immediately for help and flag the video to bring it to our immediate attention.

What to do if you need support

If you are depressed, having thoughts of suicide, or self-harming, know there is help and you’re not alone. Many people turn to suicidal thinking and self-harm as ways to cope with painful emotions. Talking to a specialist can help you identify healthy, effective coping strategies and develop skills to manage difficult feelings.

Below is a list of suicide prevention organizations dedicated to helping those in need in different countries and regions. The websites and also have extensive lists of organizations. 


Lifeline Australia

Kids Helpline

13 11 14

1800 55 1800

Argentina  Centro de Asistencia al Suicida - Buenos Aires

135 (desde Capital y Gran Buenos Aires) 

(011) 5275-1135 (desde todo el país)

Brazil Centro de Valorização da Vida 188

Centre de Prévention du Suicide /

Zelfmoordlijn 1813C

0800 32 123


Bulgaria  Български Червен Кръст  02 492 30 30
Czech Republic  Psychiatrická léčebna Bohnice - Centrum krizové intervence  
+420 284 016 666
Denmark  Livslinien 70201201
France S.O.S Amitié 09 72 39 40 50
Finland Suomen Mielenterveysseura / Kansallinen kriisipuhelin 09-2525-0111
Germany Telefonseelsorge 0800-1110111
Greece ΚΛΙΜΑΚΑ 1018
801 801 99 99
Hong Kong 香港撒瑪利亞防止自殺會 2389 2222
Hungary S.O.S. Telefonos Lelki Elsősegély Szolgálat 06 1 116-123 
India आसरा
Ireland Samaritans 116 123
Israel ער"ן - עזרה ראשונה נפשית 1201
Italy Samaritans Onlus 800 86 00 22 
Japan こころの健康相談統一ダイヤル 0570-064-556
New Zealand Lifeline New Zealand 0800 543 354
Netherlands Stichting 113Online 0900-0113
Singapore Samaritans of Singapore 1800-221-4444

Telèfon de l'Esperança de Barcelona

Teléfono de la Esperanza

93 414 48 48

717 003 717

South Korea 한국자살예방협회 1393
Taiwan 生命線協談專線 1995
Thailand กรมสุขภาพจิต กระทรวงสาธารณสุข 1323
United Kingdom Samaritans 116 123
United States of America

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Crisis Text Line


Text HOME to 741-741

If you are looking for educational resources about self-harm, visit the following websites: 

  • Visit S.A.F.E Alternatives is a network and educational resource base committed to helping end self-harming behavior.
  • Visit SiOS is an outreach initiative providing information and resources about self-harm to those who self-harm, those who have recovered, and those who want to help. 

Guidelines for posting mental health-related content

YouTube users should not be afraid to speak openly about the topics of mental health or self-harm. However please don’t post content on YouTube if it fits any of the descriptions noted below:

  • Promoting or glorifying suicide
  • Providing instructions on how to self-harm or die by suicide
  • Graphic images of self-harm posted to shock or disgust viewers

This Community Guidelines policy applies to videos, video descriptions, comments, live streams, and any other YouTube product or feature. Please note this is not a complete list.

What happens if content violates this policy

If your content violates this policy, we’ll remove the content and send you an email to let you know. If this is your first time violating our Community Guidelines, you’ll likely get a warning with no penalty to your channel. If it’s not, we may issue a strike against your channel. If you get 3 strikes within 90 days, your channel will be terminated. You can learn more about our strikes system here.

We may terminate your channel or account for repeated violations of the Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. We may also terminate your channel or account after a single case of severe abuse, or when the channel is dedicated to a policy violation. You can learn more about channel or account terminations here.

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