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Facebook Offers Tools To Help Prevent Suicide

David Smothers September 17, 2013



September is Suicide Prevention Month, and Facebook is sharing a new infographic and a site-wide public service announcement to help users find the resources they need when a friend makes troubling posts on the social network.

If you see worrying posts from a friend, you can either click “report” on the post itself or search “suicide” in the search bar or Facebook Help Center. This provides you with a list of resources and a suggested message you can send your friend. You’ll also have the option to report the post directly to Facebook, which triggers a read-to-proceed message on your friend’s Facebook with resource information. Facebook also says it will attempt to contact local law enforcement to check on your friend’s safety. Click “expand” to see the full infographic provided by Facebook below, and have a look at Facebook’s blog posts about suicide prevention here and here.

[via Facebook Blog via Cnet]

If you struggle with suicidal thoughts please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.

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