Facebook suicide prevention tools are now open for all. Facebook has made the changes and making the tool available worldwide.
This tool was available to English language users initially. Other people had to fill a form to report the post. But Facebook now reduces the complexity and you can easily report a post.
Facebook said in an announcement, “its suicide prevention resources will be available in all languages supported by the platform.” The company’s global head of safety Antigone Davis and researcher Jennifer Guadagno wrote that the tools were “developed in collaboration with mental health organizations and with input from people who have personal experience with self-injury and suicide.”
First of all, the tools were made available to users in the United States. Last year Facebook partnered with Forefront, Lifeline, and Save.org. Facebook will continue to partner with suicide prevention and mental health organizations in different countries.
If you think that a post from your friend sounds like a depression of self-harming, you can report it to Facebook from the drop-down menu. Facebook will reach out to the user with several options. Like a list of resources, including numbers for suicide prevention organizations, can be shared anonymously, or a message of support can be sent.
Facebook’s global community operations team reviews the post. They will reach out to the person with information that might be helpful to them. If someone is at immediate risk of hurting themselves, Facebook warns that you should contact police.
Facebook believes that this tool can help to save lives. Or at least, it can raise awareness for an important issue. Suicide rate throughout the world is growing faster. In the U.S., suicide rates are at their highest in three decades, particularly among men of all ages and women aged 45 to 64.
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