Policies & Safety

Self-Harm and Online Safety

Every day, roughly 1,300,000 posts are published on WordPress.com in over 100 languages and about all kinds of topics, from people all around the world. We rely on community members to help alert us to blogs with sensitive content that you may be concerned about. If you see any of the following on WordPress.com, note that we will not remove the site, but there are steps you can take to help.

If you are currently in crisis, please contact Lifeline. The trained operators at Lifeline are available to talk or chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Self-Harm and Suicidal Content

If you see a direct threat of suicide on WordPress.com and you know the blogger, please contact law enforcement immediately.

If you do not know the blog owner personally, but want to help, please:

  • Comment on their post with the contact information for a suicide prevention hotline:
  • Encourage him/her to reach out for help to a friend, family member, counselor, clergy and other community members via comments or a contact form, if there is one available on the site.
  • Post positive, supportive comments and encourage your friends to do so as well; in times of emotional crisis, understanding and kind words of encouragement can help convince someone to get help when they need it.

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Eating Disorders

While WordPress.com will not remove content that promotes or encourages disordered eating, we do appreciate your concern. If you see a WordPress.com blogger promoting or writing about an eating disorder, we recommend that you contact any of the local helplines below to find out more information about how you can help, or to leave a supportive comment on his or her post with these resources.

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