Facebook Brings Suicide Prevention Tools to Live and Messenger

There is a suicide attempt every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organization. And among those aged 15-29 years, suicide is the second leading cause of death. 

Today, Facebook will be unveiling new tools that will support people who may be suicidal as well as resources for friends of those feeling suicidal. These tools are in addition to the others Facebook offers for concerning posts. 

Mark Zuckerberg feels that Facebook is in a unique position to help people who are dealing with these situations in a report from TechCrunch. Essentially the new tool will allow you to report a Facebook Live video if something in it concerns you, this will then provide a set of resources to the person WHILE they're streaming via Facebook Live. 

“Some might say we should cut off the livestream, but what we’ve learned is cutting off the stream too early could remove the opportunity for that person to receive help,” Facebook Researcher Jennifer Guadagno told TechCrunch.

In order to do this, Facebook partnered with Crisis Text Line, the National Eating Disorder Association and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. These partnerships will allow those in criss to be helped immediately and directly connect with correct providers. 

See more on TechCruch.

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