Suicide & self-harm 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 that you understand our Community Guidelines and the role that they play in our shared responsibility to keep YouTube safe. Take the time to carefully read the policy below. You can also take a look at this page for a full list of our guidelines.

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

However, we do not allow content on YouTube that promotes suicide or self-harm, that is intended to shock or disgust or poses a considerable risk to viewers.

What to do if you find this content

If you believe someone is in danger:

  • Get in touch with local emergency services for help
  • Flag the video to bring it to our attention

If you find yourself being negatively affected by any mental health, suicide or self-harm related content that you come across, know that there is support available and you're not alone. In the next section you can find a list of resources and contact information for organisations that can offer advice.

What to do if you need support

If you are depressed, having thoughts of suicide or self-harming, know that there is help and that you're not alone. While coping with painful emotions, many people might self-harm or experience suicidal thinking. Talking to a mental health care provider can help determine if you have a mental illness that requires care. It can also help you identify healthy, effective coping strategies and develop skills to manage difficult feelings.

Below is a list of organisations dedicated to helping those in need in different countries and regions. These are recognised crisis service partners. Partnerships vary by country/region.

The websites findahelpline.com and www.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines could help you find organisations for regions not listed here.

Australia

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
Belgium

Centre de Prévention du Suicide /

Zelfmoordlijn 1813

0800 32 123

1813

Bulgaria  Български Червен Кръст  02 492 30 30
Czechia  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
AASRA
91-9820466726
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
Spain

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

1-800-273-8255/Chat

Community Guidelines for posting suicide or self-harm related content

YouTube users should not be afraid to speak openly about the topics of mental health, suicide and self-harm in a supportive and non-harmful way. 

However, there are times when content is created that is sensitive and may pose a risk for some users. When you create content that contains suicide or self-harm related topics, take into account the possible negative impact of your content on other users, especially minors and users who may be sensitive to this content. 

To protect and support your viewers and other users, please follow the Community Guidelines below when creating content related to suicide or self-harm. Not following these Community Guidelines may result in a strike, removal of your content or other restrictions to protect users. Learn more.

This Community Guidelines policy applies to videos, video descriptions, comments, live streams and any other YouTube product or feature. Keep in mind that this isn't a complete list. Please note that these policies also apply to external links in your content. This can include clickable URLs, verbally directing users to other sites in video, as well as other forms. 

Don't post the following content: 

  • Content promoting or glorifying suicide or self-harm
  • Instructions on how to die by suicide or engage in self-harm
  • Content related to suicide or self-harm that is targeted at minors
  • Graphic images of self-harm
  • Visuals of bodies of suicide victims unless blurred or covered so that they are fully obscured
  • Blurred imagery in combination with details or visuals that show the method of suicide
  • Videos showing the lead-up to a suicide or suicide attempts and suicide rescue footage without sufficient context
  • Content showing participation in or instructions for suicide and self-harm challenges (e.g. Blue Whale or Momo challenges)
  • Suicide notes or letters without sufficient context

In some cases we may restrict, rather than remove, suicide and self-harm content if it meets one or more of the following criteria (for example, by placing an age-restriction, a warning or a Crisis Resource Panel on the video). Please note that this is not a complete list:

  • Content that is meant to be educational, documentary, scientific or artistic
  • Content that is of public interest
  • Graphic content that is sufficiently blurred and doesn't provide details or visuals of the method used to perform suicide or self-harm
  • Dramatisations or scripted content, which includes but is not limited to animations, video games, music videos and clips from movies and shows
  • Detailed discussion of suicide or self-harm methods, locations and hotspots
  • Graphic descriptions of self-harm or suicide

Best practices for creators posting content about suicide or self-harm

We recommend using these best practices to protect your viewers from harm and distress:

  • Avoid showing the suicide victim and respect their, and their families', privacy. Learn more
  • Use wording that is positive and supportive and focuses on recovery, prevention and stories of hope
  • Include information and resources for suicide and self-harm prevention and coping strategies. Try to include it in both the video itself and the description of the video
  • Do not use sensationalist language or dramatic visuals
  • Provide context but avoid discussing how the victim died by suicide. Do not mention the methods or locations
  • Blur content that contains images of suicide victims. You can blur your video with the Editor in YouTube Studio. Learn more

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 the first time you've violated our Community Guidelines, you'll probably 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.

Finally, we may also limit your access to live streaming if you suggest that you'll live stream content that will violate our Community Guidelines. Learn more about restrictions on live streaming.

Warnings and supportive resources

YouTube may show features or resources to users when content contains suicide or self-harm topics. For example: 

  • A warning on your video before it starts playing, indicating that it contains content relating to suicide and self-harm
  • A panel under the video containing supportive resources such as phone numbers of suicide prevention organisations 
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