Fears are rising as a disturbing trend resurfaces on social media, this time attacking people on TikTok.

Over recent weeks, a dangerous challenge that first rose to prominence in 2019 has been gaining traction on social media again, commonly known as the Blue Whale Challenge.

If you see any indication of this trend existing online, do not take part, and report it immediately.

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The Blue Whale Challenge resurfaces on TikTok

The Blue Whale Challenge is a dangerous and inappropriate ‘suicide challenge‘, and every now and again its popularity surges. The trend is aimed at teenagers and sets 50 challenges over 50 days, with the last task being to commit suicide.

Whilst the challenge has previously been known to exist on Instagram and Twitter, it is now also increasing in popularity on TikTok.

This challenge is an incredibly dangerous trend with life-threatening consequences. If you see the Blue Whale Challenge existing on TikTok, report the posts and do not interact with them.

Do not interact or take part

If you see any indication of the Blue Whale Challenge existing online we urge you not to take part or to share anything to do with it. 

Challenges like this can be seen as a new type of cyber-bullying that victimises young people on social media platforms.

Many administrators of the challenge are messaging people via TikTok, so an important precaution to take is to put your social media accounts onto private so that you don’t receive such messages.

If you see anyone sharing #bluewhalechallenge or any related hashtags this could be a symbol that they are participating and may need assistance.

Mental health support is available

If you have been affected by the nature of the Blue Whale Challenge and need someone to speak to, here are some resources to get mental health support. 

Anxiety UK 
Call: 03444 775 774 
Visit: http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/

Mind
Call: 0300 123 3393
Visit: http://www.mind.org.uk/

Samaritans
Call: 116 123
Visit: http://www.samaritans.org/