Preventing Suicide

We are bringing together social media companies with suicide prevention experts from the Samaritans to better protect vulnerable people from harmful content online.


Key facts: During today’s summit with tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Snapchat, the Health Secretary will ask that these companies:


  • Commit to working with suicide and self-harm prevention experts from the Samaritans so together, they can develop new ways of identifying and tackling harmful online content.


  • Take a stronger approach to preventing the spread anti-vaccination messages online, following recent statistics which show measles cases have quadrupled in the UK in just one year.


  • Use the most cutting-edge technology available to protect vulnerable users.


Why this matters: We are building on our efforts to tackle Online Harms, making the UK the safest place in the world to be online – which is why we have sent a loud and clear message to social media companies that this is no longer a matter of choice: they need to clean up their act.