Facebook has taken a cool step towards suicide prevention with a new feature being rolled out in the coming months.
Everyone likes to talk about—usually complain—about Facebook changes, but I think everyone will be happy to see this.
Working with multiple suicide prevention groups, Facebook has devised a way to report and review Facebook users who have left troubling/suicidal messages. Some people who are contemplating suicide will leave messages on their Facebook in a cry for help.
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If a Facebook users sees a Facebook message of a friend or loved one that is concerning, users will have a drop-down menu that lets them “contact another Facebook friend for support or connect with a trained professional at a suicide helpline for guidance.” Facebook will review flagged posts and help users connect with the right kind of suicide prevention resources and organizations.
Obviously, this is a feature that could get misused and abused—especially when you consider problems like online bullying. Hopefully, something as serious as reporting someone whom you believe to be suicidal, is something that everyone will treat with care and respect.