Have you ever read a disturbing status posted by a friend and felt clueless what to do about it? Facebook has introduced a new feature to help take action against potential suicide victims. A friend in need… can be a call of distress!
Facebook has a reach over millions worldwide for a range of age groups, with people expressing their potential suicidal tendencies through various posts. But, there is no way to make sure that the posts are indeed inclined towards self-harm or not. The social networking site in association with mental health organizations such as Forefront, Now Matters Now, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Save.org have developed a tool wherein you can alert them about a person who has suicidal thoughts.
So, how will this prevention tool work? If you feel concerned over a friend’s post, all you have to do is click on ‘Report’ option next to the post and you’ll see a number of tips on how you can support the friend. The options include providing a suicide prevention hotline, message the troubled person and Facebook will send a pre-written message or connect with trained professionals for advice.
If you choose the option for Facebook to intervene, their team across the globe will determine whether the person’s post is indeed troubling. If yes, then the next time the person logs in, he/she will have to answer a number of questions before proceeding to their page. Rob Boyle, Facebook Product Manager and Nicole Staubli, Facebook Community Operations Safety Specialist said in a post,
“We have teams working around the world, 24/7, who review any report that comes in. They prioritize the most serious reports, like self-injury and send help and resources to those in distress.”
The struggling victims will be given options to contact someone for guidance or look at suicide prevention tips.