Facebook Unveils New Tool to Help Prevent Suicides

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Facebook connects billions of people all over the world. No matter the distance, if you are online, you can tell someone good morning, good night or I love you; social media is an avenue where people can say whatever may be on their mind to almost anyone. Sometimes, people feel anxious or depressed, and express their feelings on social media platforms to look for help, including Facebook.

What would you do if you noticed a post that made you worried about a friend? Would you call them, send an email, comment on the post? Facebook recently unveiled a new tool to make it easy for users to help out a friend when they see a troublesome post.

Now, if Facebook users see a post that worries them, they can click the arrow in the top right hand corner of the status and click “report post.” This feature will alert Facebook of the post, and next time the user logs in, they will receive a message that lets them know a friend is concerned. They can then either contact the friend who reported the post, get help from another friend or Facebook can put them in touch with a suicide hotline.

The feature is available initially to users in the US, and Facebook says similar tools will be available to users worldwide soon.

Each Mind Matters encourages anyone to reach out if you are dealing with a mental health challenge or think a friend or family member may need support.

Visit SuicideIsPreventable.org to learn the warning signs for suicide and find local resources in your county. If you or someone you know may be at risk, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for immediate help. Answered locally by trained crisis center staff, this resource is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day