Search

Chief executive of mental health charity SANE calls for action on suicide websites after schoolgirl’s train death

PUBLISHED: 10:23 16 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:46 16 January 2014

Majorie Wallace, chief executive of mental health charity SANE

Majorie Wallace, chief executive of mental health charity SANE

Archant

Websites that promote suicide, self-harm and eating disorders can have a toxic effect on the minds of young people, driving them into an ever-deeper sense of isolation and despair.

Marjorie Wallace commented on the "toxic" effect of suicide websites, which 15-year-old Tallulah Wilson looked at before she died under a train in October 2012Marjorie Wallace commented on the "toxic" effect of suicide websites, which 15-year-old Tallulah Wilson looked at before she died under a train in October 2012

Our own experience is that children and adolescents, if they have suicidal thoughts, can be bullied and lured into the dark hole of cyberspace if exposed to the wrong messages about suicide from websites, blogs, forums and other social networks.

The government must act to control them and force companies which host these sites to provide more sources of support and reliable information.

This is one of the reasons why SANE has launched its new web resource to help prevent suicide, based on our five-year lottery-funded research project into the experiences of those affected by suicide and their families and friends.

SANE on Suicide is designed to be of use to anyone, be they family, friends or healthcare professionals. It aims to help people feel more able to interrupt the downward spiral of a person’s despairing thoughts and have the confidence to intervene.

We must raise awareness and promote education in schools and support families seeking help before more children like Tallulah, who offered so much promise, take that tragic and irrevocable step.

Samaritans provides confidential emotional support to anyone in crisis, around the clock, every day of the year. You can contact Samaritans by calling 08457 90 90 90 or visiting your local branch

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Friday, April 28, 2017

A murder investigation has been launched after a 48-year-old man with a fatal stab wound was found on a 189 bus in Marylebone.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Camden children took to the stage today with the cast of hit production STOMP as part of a campaign to encourage exercise across the borough.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The struggle for the marginal parliamentary seat of Hornsey and Wood Green has kicked off – with Labour MP Catherine West and Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Dawn Barnes fighting over the key issue of Brexit.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The parliamentary candidate is pleased that ex-MP David Ward has been sacked as a Lib Dem election candidate after accusing “the Jews” of atrocities against the Palestinians.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A new action group urges residents to make their views known on “the most significant re-landscaping of the Golders Green neighbourhood since its creation” – with new houses and shops and the demolition of the Clock Tower War Memorial proposed.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Part of the Northern line between Camden and Edware will be closed while a track is replaced and the overground will also be partially closed.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The suspect exposed himself to two women after asking them for directions to the nearest toilets and started to perform a sex act.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The creperie, which attracts celebrity customers such as Kate Moss and Harry Styles, could close as the owner is being forced to pay back the majority of a £15,000 electricity bill which he believes he could not have run up

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now