Police in the UK are warning people about what could be a dangerous new trend, after a pair who met online were found dead after an apparent suicide pact.
The Samaritans, which is a charity that helps to provide guidance to those who need it, and is frequently involved in helping to prevent people from taking their own lives, is issuing a new warning focusing on the dangers to be found on social networking sites on the internet.
The charity is working with the providers of social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, to try and make sure that suicidal people do get proper access to counseling if they need it.
Two people from the UK, Stephen Lumb, 35 from Yorkshire, and Joanne Lee, 34 from Essex, were found dead in a car that was parked on an industrial estate in Essex on Monday.
It is thought that they had formed a “chemical suicide pact” just hours after meeting online on an internet suicide forum.
While the internet can be a great place to find new friends, if you are troubled, it can also be a place to find others with similar problems, and without the right guidance, it could be easy to make the wrong decisions.
The Samaritans is trying to make sure that their web site is listed when anyone searches online for suicide related information.
They are also creating a Facebook page, where people can obtain information on how to go about getting counseling should they need to talk to someone about their problems.