Sadfishing 101: How to Tell if Your Friend’s Social Media Post Is a Plea for Attention—or a Cry for Help
October 10, 2019
t can be difficult to discern if a person is looking for support or sympathy or if the person is at risk for harming themselves. This is because social media often lacks context and the ability to read nonverbal cues, says Dr. Lindsey Giller, a clinical psychologist in New York.
“However, if someone posts about not wanting to live with direct or indirect expressions, such as ‘There is nothing to live for anymore’ or ‘People will be better off without me,’ it should be taken very seriously,” she says. “Talking about suicide can be a plea for help and it can be a late sign in the progression towards a suicide attempt.”