A new online suicide game “may soon be available in SA”

Parents are cautioned to monitor their children’s use of social media and their internet usage, this after various reports have been doing the rounds on social media detailing a new suicide game called ‘Blue Whale.’

The game, allegedly invented by a 21-year-old Russian man, has been linked by a Russian newspaper to 130 deaths. Many of the young teenage girls who died, jumped from high buildings. Upon further investigation we could not find any substantial evidence to support these claims.

The potentially deadly game

Once the app has been downloaded the player is assigned 50 dangerous and dark daily tasks which culminate in suicide on the last day.

The sickening tasks – that include self-harming, watching horror movies and sleep deprivation – brainwash players over the 50 days of the game. The challenges grow darker and more severe and on the last day the exhausted and confused player is encouraged to commit suicide.

The game ‘administrator’ also instructs players to self-mutilate by carving whales on their bodies and to then post pictures on social media.

Fifteen of the teens who killed themselves were ordered by the ‘administrator’ to delete all correspondence on their social media accounts.

What are parents to do?

Whether the game is real or not, parents should always be vigilant in monitoring their children’s behaviour. If you suspect that your child might be suffering from depression, or in instances where they to show suicidal tendencies, rather get him/her professional help. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) offer parents the necessary support and guidance in such instances.

Contact SADAG

To contact a counsellor between 8am and 8pm Monday to Sunday, call: 011 234 4837.

For an emergency call 0800 567 567.

24hr Helpline 0800 12 13 14

SMS 31393 (and they will call you back)

 

 

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