Facebook Expands Suicide-Prevention Tools Globally


Facebook is reaching out to global users in need of help.

The social network this week expanded its suicide-prevention tools to all languages supported by Facebook.

Initially launched in the US in late 2011 in partnership with Forefront, Lifeline, and Save.org, the initiative offers support to users experiencing self-injury or suicidal thoughts—as well as their family and friends.

"Now, with the help of these new tools, if someone posts something on Facebook that makes you concerned about their well-being, you can reach out to them directly—and you can also report the post to us," a Facebook Safety post said.

"We have teams working around the world, 24/7, who review reports that come in" and prioritize the most serious cases, the company added.

Facebook consulted with those who have survived self-injury or have experience with suicide, as well as mental health organizations. Last year, it updated its toolkit with more resources, advice, and support.

If you spot a post on Facebook that suggests a friend might be in danger, report it to the company. The next time that person logs onto the site, they'll see a notification from Facebook.

"The resources we send to the person who posted something concerning will include an expanded set of options," the blog said. "People can now choose to reach out to a friend, contact a helpline, or see tips" and advice on how to work through their feelings.

Visit Facebook's Help Center for information about how to support yourself or a friend.

In 2014, suicide prevention charity Samaritans launched a free Web service that monitors friends' tweets and alerts users to anyone who may be struggling. After some backlash, however, the company decided to pull the app.

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