Facebook Suicide Prevention tool is live in UK

Suicide Prevention tool

Facebook has launched Suicide Prevention tool to help those people who are going through depression.

After a successful trial in the United States and Australia, Facebook has launched this tool in the UK. It will allow users to report if their friend is going through some stress.

“We worked with organizations including Samaritans to develop these tools. One of the first things they told us was how much connecting with people who care can help those who are struggling to cope. Whether offline or online,” said Julie De Bailliencourt, head of safety at Facebook, in a blog post.

What is the sign of risk of Suicide?

It is hard to predict if a person is going through stress or suicidal tendency. Especially on social media. Facebook has listed some examples that might help you to figure out the situation.

Suicide or wanting to die: “I want out”. “Everyone would be better off without me”. “No one would care if I were gone”. “There’s no reason to live”.

Intense and urgent emotional despair or intense guilt or shame, feeling trapped: “I can’t take it [the pain] anymore”. “There is no way out”. “I’m done”. “I’m so sorry for all the trouble I’ve caused everyone”.

Rage or seeking revenge: “I’ll show you all”. “She’ll be sorry”.

Saying goodbyes, giving away personal possessions: “I’ll miss you all”. “You won’t have to worry about me anymore”.

Glorifying or glamorizing death, or making death seem heroic: “Death is beautiful”.

Where/how to get potentially lethal means, like access to pills or weapons.

How to use Suicide Prevention tool to tell Facebook about your Friend is in risk of Suicide?

You can use following helpline number.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Or reach the organization via Facebook chat.

You can also use the Facebook contact form to report this.

If you report worrying content, users will be sent a notification asking them whether they need support from a friend or helpline, and will be given tips and advice on how to deal with suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harm.