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Facebook Introducing Tools to Help Suicidal People


Whether we admit it or not, we have become addicted to an online drug called Facebook. Almost everyone is using it to share their personal thoughts and opinions with their friends. These shared thoughts can sometimes provide a clear picture of what the person is feeling or going through at that point of time.

In a day and age when people don’t like to talk to each other face to face, the only way to really know about them is through their social networking profiles. People, specifically teenagers, get cyberbullied a lot, but since their parents are not aware of that, they don’t really do anything about it. As kids continue to suffer, they may develop suicidal tendencies. The team at Facebook has always faced serious criticism for not having a policy in this regard. That, however, is about to change as the social networking platform has decided to introduce some new tools that will help prevent the suicides.

Facebook wrote on its official safety page that it is taking some steps to ensure that all the people with suicidal tendencies be dealt with in a timely and safe manner. The popular social networking platform is working with different suicide prevention help lines, and they are all encouraging users to report people that they think might be planning on committing suicide.

If someone sees a post that is suggesting that the person might be looking to commit suicide, the user should contact local authorities immediately. However, if they cannot do that, then it is advised that they report the troubled person to Facebook, as the company now has different teams that will be working 24/7 to ensure safety of the people.

Cyberbullying has become a great threat following the prevalence of technology, particularly among kids, but as mentioned before, people affected by it don’t like to share their feelings with anyone in person. They do, however, open up about their troubles on their social networking platforms, and this is where the need for such tools comes in. A friend or contact coming across a troubling post can immediate act by reporting it to Facebook.

Facebook assures that it will not only connect troubled people with mental health experts at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, but will also give them an option to reach out to a friend, provide them with instructions, and give them advice that will help them work through their feelings. Some other resources to prevent the suicide will also be provided which are explained in the official post.

“We’re also providing new resources and support to the person who flagged the troubling post, including options for them to call or message their distressed friend letting them know they care, or reaching out to another friend or a trained professional at a suicide hotline for support.”

As of now, these new changes to Facebook do not have an actual release date, but the company has stated that the updates will make their way to the social platform in the period of next couple of months in the US. As far as other countries are concerned, Facebook is working to improve their tools as much as they can, so that the suicide prevention can be dealt with anywhere in the world.