Facebook Launches Suicide-Prevention Tool
According to Reuters, Facebook has launched a suicide-prevention tool that lets users of the social network report on friends who have expressed suicidal thoughts and get them help.
Facebook spokesman Frederic Wolens said that: friends will be able to anonymously-report suicidal behavior by clicking a report option next to any content of the site, and choosing suicidal content under the harmful behavior option.
Facebook will then send an email to the suicidal person with a number and a link: to encourage them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or engage in a private online chat with a crisis representative if they’re not comfortable with talking on the phone.
“This new service provides a way for them to get the help they need in the way they want it,” John Draper, Lifeline's project director, said.
Reporting on the behavior is done anonymously, but users who have reported on their friends will receive a message to say things are being addressed.
The suicide reporting tool will be made available only to those who use Facebook in the US and Canada.
[via Reuters, Image from Annette Shaff / Shutterstock.com]