Facebook is getting more serious about suicide prevention. Last month the company announced new tools designed to help users who are considering suicide, as well as concerned friends and family.
From the Christian Science Monitor:
Originally launched in 2011, Facebook's first attempt to address suicidal content required links or screenshots to be uploaded to its suicide prevention page. The updated process is a little easier and allows for users to flag a concerning post from within the post itself. From there, the user can choose to message the potentially troubled individual, contact another Facebook friend for support, or can be linked with an expert for guidance.
After a review by Facebook, if the user appears to be suicidal, the next time they log into their account, a series of screens will offer them assistance and ways to receive help, including links to sites such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Now Matters Now.
It's unclear whether or not these new developments will have an impact, but here's to hoping.
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