Facebook Adds a Feature to Help Stop Suicides in the US
Suicidal tendencies is a growing problem all over the world, and there are support mediums in place for people who are going through a rough patch. However, social media websites, especially something like Facebook, can also play a major role in this regard.
It looks like Zuckerberg has thought of that too, and now Facebook will have a feature to support users who are going through a bad patch of life and are showing suicidal tendencies.
The official Facebook Safety page made the announcement through a post on their fifth Compassion Research Day:
At our fifth Compassion Research Day, we announced updated tools that provide more resources, advice and support to people who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts and their concerned friends and family members.
The social media giants has been working with numerous organizations to churn out a feature like this, namely Forefront, Now Matters Now, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Save.org. As a result, a great level of emphasis was made on how those people can help who really care about the person in distress.
Some of the things that the new feature will do is to let people report to Facebook any person who has posted something that sound suicidal. On the receiving end, a team of specialists will look into the case, decide which one needs action immediately and then try to connect with the person in question by trying to offer help or resources.
Besides encouraging them to connect with a mental health expert at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, we now also give them the option of reaching out to a friend, and provide tips and advice on how they can work through these feelings. All of these resources were created in conjunction with our clinical and academic partners.
This feature will also offer the reporter to call or message the distressed friend, connect to a help line or even connect with another friend on that matter.
For now, they are rolling out the feature in United States alone, it might be released in other territories later on.