Blue Whale Challenge: Social Media Game causing Suicide?

The Blue Whale Challenge is supposed to drive teenagers to suicide.

The Blue Whale Challenge is a new online game. It originates in Russia and has allegedly already caused several teenagers to commit suicide. But is that really true? Is there really any challenge at all or is it a completely made up? Or is it just the media causing panic?

Read on to find out what this is all about.

Blue Whale Challenge game

So what is the Blue Whale Challenge? The blue whale game supposedly comprises of 50 challenges, which must be completed by the game player – these are usually teenagers – in 50 days. The potential game players are addressed by chain letter via WhatsApp and invited to certain groups. In order for the challenges to be successfully completed, a game leader directs the teenagers. All tasks should be documented by video and with photos and posted on social media. The tasks become harder from day to day and end on day 50 with suicide. On the 49 days before, they are told to watch scary videos, listen to certain music, paint pictures, lay on railway tracks or hurt themselves.

Blue Whale Challenge – what is it?

But what is the Blue Whale Challenge ? Is it really real? It has been reported on by the Sun and Higgypop and others. The reports are based on a Russian contribution by Novaya Gazeta , who reported 130 of the deaths were due to the Blue Whale game. However, the relationship between the suicides and the challenge is still confirmed. Nevertheless, it is repeatedly established and maintained. There has also  been a health warning published for worried parents

Is the Blue Whale Challenge real?

Does the Blue Whale Challenge really exist? Apparently it does because the portal “Better Internet for Kids” launched by the EU Commission has issued a warning concerning the challenge .

Whether or not this game is real, there are often games that are distributed via WhatsApp, Facebook or other social media, where tasks have to be done. People who are vulnerable and easily led, may fall into this and not be able to meet the challenges.

This YouTube video explains in detail what the  Blue Whale Challenge really is:

Dealing with the Blue Whale Challenge

But how do you deal with the Blue Whale Challenge? What is the right way? Always observe your own media behaviour and that of your children and/or friends. Messages on Facebook etc. are not automatically true and correct. But what can you do if you notice changes in your children or friends? If you find that they are hurting themselves, you should address this immediately. And of course you can also get professional advice if you think your child is in a dangerous group or may have suicidal thoughts.

Where can I get help?

If you know someone who needs help, or maybe you feel like you’re in a seemingly hopeless situation,  then call The Samaritans on 116 123. Childline 0800 1111 is also a free service and calls will not show up on your phone bill. Children and young people will find competent help and a first contact for worries that they do not want to discuss with their parents. Also PAPYRUS 0800 068 4141 supports teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.