How to stay safe online

Explains how to keep yourself safe and look after your wellbeing when you use the internet for information or support for your mental health. It covers protecting your privacy, how to take relationships offline safely and how to address online bullying and abuse.

Your stories

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Posted on 01/10/2013

Elefriends: my healing family

Angelo blogs about the different ways in which Elefriends has supported her.

Posted on 05/12/2013

Rules of engagement, mental health and the internet

Vanessa shares her tips for making online interaction a mentally healthy experience.

Posted on 04/09/2012

How can online resources help?

Using online resources can be a great way to support your mental health. For example, you might want to:

  • find information about mental health topics
  • research different options for treatment and support
  • learn about other people's experiences of mental health problems, and share your own
  • connect with new people and build your support network of friends

[Online is the] only place I can really make friends, so that helps obviously. For people who cannot get out to socialise, the internet is a link to the outside world. It IS a social life of sorts.

Different people find different kinds of support helpful. Watch Jessica talk about how using Youtube and other social media to share her experiences of mental health has helped her cope.

However, while the internet can be useful, it also has its dangers. Whatever you're using the internet for, it's important to think about how best to look after your mental health online, and how to keep yourself safe.

About this resource

Please note – our web pages focus on staying safe online with regard to managing a mental health problem. For more general guidance on web safety and security, specialist websites like Know the net or Get safe online contain lots more useful information. If you're under 18, the Safer Internet website may be helpful too.


This information was published in June 2015. We will revise it in 2018.

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