Facebook Suicide Prevention

Facebook Safety: Suicide Prevention

It’s known that people who suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts often reach out to family and friends for help. But how do you h elp your friends if your friendship partially or mostly online?

Facebook has rolled out a resource for suicide prevention.

This is what they have said on their blog post:

“Besides encouraging them to connect with a mental health expert at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, we now also give them the option of reaching out to a friend, and provide tips and advice on how they can work through these feelings.”

It appears that when someone is concerned about a friends facebook post, they can report this to Facebook. Facebook then messages the person asking if they would like to talk to someone from a helpline, or how to get tips to work through their troubles.

Facebook has teams around the world working 24/7 to review reports that come in. They take these reports very serious to send help to those in distress.

This has stemmed from their collaboration with groups such as Forefront, NOw Matters Now, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Save.org

Facebook noticed an increasing trend to reacho ut to hotlines and help via online methods. The closer to suicide people seem to get, the less they are likely to contact someone in person, and the more likely they are to seek virtual resources. This gave Facebook their idea for suicide prevention help.

Faebook is not the online social media platform to address suicide prevention, Twitter has teamed up with suicide prevention charity, Samaritans to launch an app which detects keywords and phrases connected to suicidal behavior.

Where is it the Facebook Suicide Tool Available?

Currently Facebook’s suicide resources are ablable to half of U.S. users, and they have plans to further expand access to the rest of the U.S. and then internationally. We look forward to this tool coming to Canada.

Source: Facebook Safety

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