Facebook rolls out suicide prevention tools in Australia Many of us confess more about our feelings on Facebook than we might ever say face-to-face with another person.
Recognising it could have a role to play in preventing self-harm, Facebook has come up with a number of suicide prevention tools to help people who may be depressed. The program launched in the U.S. in February, and is now rolling out in Australia, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Mashable Australia.
In the U.S., Facebook partnered with local mental health initiatives including Forefront, Now Matters Now and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to develop the language around the initiative. In Australia, Facebook is working with BeyondBlue and Headspace in a collaboration announced Friday.
"Keeping people safe is our most important responsibility on Facebook," the spokesperson said.
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Image: FacebookIf someone thinks another person is considering suicide based on their Facebook posts, they are urged to call emergency services, but also to report the material to Facebook.
The company said it has teams working around the clock to review the reports. Depending on the seriousness of the threat, those assessing the posts can encourage the author to speak to a mental health expert through a private pop-up message or to reach out to a friend, or even provide advice on how to come to terms with their feelings.
"We're also providing new resources and support to the person who flagged the troubling post," the spokesperson said, "including options for them to call or message their distressed friend letting them know they care, or reaching out to another friend or a trained professional at a suicide hotline for support."
"Globally there are multiple millions of users all going through these same problems," Chris Tanti, Headspace CEO told Fairfax Media about the tools. "People can be notified and help can be provided just about anywhere in Australia, which is fantastic."
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