WASHINGTON (WNEW/CBS News) — Social media has become a platform where users express their feelings, and often their intention to kill themselves.
Facebook is trying to change that with a new suicide prevention tool.
CBS News reports Facebook worked with mental health organizations including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to “provide more resources, advice and support to people who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts and their concerned friends and family members.”
Facebook announced the new tool that allows users to report a friend who has posted a threat to commit suicide. The report is then reviewed by teams who can “send help.”
The user who posted the worrisome message may then receive a private message from Facebook saying, “…a friend thinks you might be going through something difficult and asked us to look at your recent post.” They are then shown options to talk to a friend or helpline worker, or to get tips and support.
Facebook’s new features will roll out over the next couple months and will also offer support to concerned friends and family.
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