“U-M community bands together after suicidal note on Yik Yak”

From mLive comes “U-M community bands together after suicidal note on Yik Yak,” which is another story that makes it clear that Yik Yak is not just a tool for bullying faculty or posting racist rants. Here’s a quote:

A short post on social media titled “Thank you & Bye” prompted a large response and discussion of mental illness on the University of Michigan campus this weekend.

Community members took to the anonymous, location-based social media app Yik Yak and to University of Michigan Diag on Sunday after someone posted about an apparently planned suicide.

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Students such as English senior Hannah Maine, 21, said the gathering and programs such as the Wolverine Support Network are opportunities for better open-dialogue on issues of mental illness.

“People don’t feel comfortable admitting ‘I have depression’ or ‘I have suicidal thoughts’ because of all the stigma, but hopefully these types of things will help take that away,” she said. “You need to talk about it otherwise it’s not going to get better.”

Maine said Yik Yak has been a helpful way for students, such as herself, to address similar struggles and stress anonymously.

2 thoughts on ““U-M community bands together after suicidal note on Yik Yak”

  1. I’ve been doing some lurking and just a little bit of posting on yik yak. My main observation is that it’s a place for undergrads to let off steam. Back when I was at Carnegie Mellon (20 years ago), student created mail groups using a usenet variant served a similar purpose. At the time, I recall the president of the university saying he viewed those mail groups as a vital pressure release valve for students.

    I think that’s the right attitude toward tools like yik yak. A lot of it, particularly any venom that is directed at you as an authority figure, you should not take too personally. However, you can’t ignore when things start to get out of hand either. In those cases, my recommendation is to attempt to address the underlying source. The medium let’s you know there’s a problem. It itself is not the problem.

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