Facebook's suicide prevention tools now offered globallyBy Shawn Knight 20 comments
Facebook last year rolled out a set of suicide prevention tools developed in partnership with Lifeline, Forefront and Save.org that were designed to help those that may be at risk of self-harm or suicide. The tools initially launched in the US but now, the world's largest social network is expanding the resources globally.
In a recent post on the matter, Facebook Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis, and researcher Jennifer Guadagno, said the tools are being rolled out globally in collaboration with local partners in all languages Facebook currently supports.
If someone posts something on Facebook that makes you feel concerned about their well-being, you'll soon be able to flag the post from a drop-down menu. Facebook has teams working around the world, 24/7 who review reports that come in and prioritize them accordingly.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, suicide rates in the US are at their highest levels in nearly 30 years.
As of today, Facebook said the resources it will send a person will include an expanded set of options such as information to contact a helpline and tips on how to deal with certain situations. In the event that you feel someone is in immediate danger, Facebook recommends dialing 911 or otherwise getting in touch with local law enforcement for help.
Facebook also encourages visiting its Help Center for information on how to support yourself or a friend.
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