We value our herds and the Yakkers that make them unique and wonderful, and we want every member of a herd to feel welcome, connected, and safe. If you see a post that indicates a user is in physical danger, please contact a local authority immediately.
If you are concerned but don’t think there is a threat of immediate physical harm, you might extend a helping hand by responding directly to the user. Some suggestions from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline include showing the person that you are interested, willing to listen, non-judgmental, and available to provide support. You may also want to point the user to the Lifeline's website, where they can find resources and ways to call or chat confidentially with a trained crisis counselor, at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.
Here are some additional organizations that offer resources for you and the user you want to help:
- 7 Cups of Tea offers online, 1-to-1 chat sessions
- Center for Suicide Prevention provides a directory of crisis centers in Canada
- Crisis Text Line allows you to talk to a counselor via text message
- IMAlive offers 24/7 chat support throughout the US, UK, Canada, and Australia
- Lifeline Australia offers 24/7 phone and chat support across Australia
- Lifeline New Zealand offers 24/7 phone support across New Zealand
- Samaritans offers phone support and other resources across the US and Ireland
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has a 24/7, free, confidential phone number and chat support for the US, and advice on how to offer support yourself
- The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ youth
Note: Yik Yak does not allow phone numbers in local feeds, so it is always best to point a user to a website address from the list above, where they can find resources including phone, text, or online chat options.