Facebook Suicide Prevention Tools
Facebook has updated online tools that will provide additional resources to people who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts. After a report is submitted, Facebook is offering expanded support and resources to those who may need help the next time they log on. The users receives a prompt that someone noticed that a user is “going through something difficult,” and then there are links which encouraging them to connect with a mental health expert at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline along with the option of reaching out to a friend and providing tips and advice on how they can work through these feelings. .
For reports submitted to Facebook, company personnel prioritize the most serious reports, like self-injury, and send help and resources to those in distress. In their Facebook Post it was stated “If someone on Facebook sees a direct threat of suicide, we ask that they contact their local emergency services immediately. We also ask them to report any troubling content to us. 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. For those who may need help we have significantly expanded the support and resources that are available to them the next time they log on to Facebook after we review a report of something they’ve posted.”
The post from Facebook added that the updates will be introduced in the United States over the next couple of months.