Facebook Suicides – Facebook is helping to prevent suicides by making it easy for individuals to express their thoughts to an online counselor at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
The problem is so bad on the social network that a few feature has been installed that will instantly connect people to a crises counselor.
According to experts, the new tool to prevent suicides has several benefits in the quest to reduce the number of nearly one million suicides every year.
First, it brings quick intervention at times when it can be of most help. Second, it enables troubled people to start a chat over an instant messaging system that many find more comfortable than speaking on the phone with a counselor.
“We’ve heard from many people who say they want to talk to someone but don’t want to call. Instant message is perfect for that,” said Lidia Bernik, associate project director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
This service is the latest tool from the social network that is aimed at improving safety on the more than 800 million user site. Earlier this year they made changes to how users report bullying, offensive content and fake profiles.
“One of the big goals here is to get the person in distress into the right help as soon as possible,” said Fred Wolens, Facebook’s public policy manager.
In recent years, people under distress have posted their final words on the website. Pressures or misfortunes such as financial difficulties or troubles with interpersonal relationships often play a significant role in the act.