Suicide Prevention, Via Facebook
The lowdown: Facebook can be a strange medium – a place to share everything from minor annoyances to major tragedies. It can be hard to know how seriously to react to a friend’s words – are they just venting, or is there something seriously wrong happening? To help users identify and flag messages that might indicate suicidal tendencies, Facebook already has a form others can submit. Now, they’ve announced the imminent rollout of tools that can send additional resources to the person in question, like a caring message or a connection to a trained mental health professional. Other planned functions target the person writing the potentially suicidal content, connecting them to friends, helpline workers, and other resources. Read more in Facebook’s public post on this new development . . . and share it, because more awareness of these issues creates more empathy for those that struggle with them.