Facebook Debuts Suicide Prevention Tool For Users

March 9, 2015  |  

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Together with Forefront, Save.Org and the University of Washington, Facebook has launched a suicide prevention tool.

Initially, the site debuted a similar tool in 2011 where users had to upload screenshots and links of content that concerned them to the suicide prevention page. Now, the process allows users to flag alarming posts they see on their Facebook newsfeed. It is often noted people who are suicidal give those around them hints that they will inflict self-harm upon themselves in conversations or online messages and by flagging these posts, users can message the individual, contact a mutual Facebook friend for support ,or be connected to an expert for guidance in hopes of preventing suicide before it’s too late. Once Facebook reviews the flagged content and believes the user is suicidal, the next time he/she logs into Facebook, there will be notifications and pop up windows to offer help that will include the number and links to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Now Matters Now.

Facebook  said in a statement:“We have teams working around the world, 24/7, who review any report that comes in. They prioritize the most serious reports, like self-injury, and send help and resources to those in distress.”

Currently, Facebook’s suicide prevention feature is only available in the United States but will become available to other countries later in this year.

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