Facebook Aims to Prevent Suicides
If you’re considering suicide, Facebook now will actively try to get you some help.
The social-networking site said Tuesday that if any of its 800 million users type a post saying they are considering suicide, Facebook will offer to connect them to a crisis counselor through their chat system.
But the system requires “someone”, in the form of a “friend” to click on a link next to a troubling comment. Facebook then will email the people involved, encouraging them to call a crisis hotline or click to chat confidentially chat with a counselor.
Facebook’s Help Center currently recommends that people who encounter a direct threat of suicide “immediately contact law enforcement or a suicide hotline.”
Facebook has been trying to make the site more socially responsible protecting subscribers from cyber bullying, a way to report threats to Facebook, and to let a parent, teacher, or trusted friend know, so preventive measures can be taken.