Facebook increases availability of suicide prevention tool

For some users, Facebook has offered the option of tagging a post where the person who created it may be considering suicide or self-harm. The tagging process is dependent on viewer discretion. Until recently, this option was only accessible to specific English-language users. Soon, this option will be open to everyone. Any individual who sees a cry for help or a post that includes alarming content related to suicide or self-harm can ‘flag’ the post.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook will give “them several options. For example, a list of resources, including numbers for suicide prevention organizations, can be shared anonymously, or a message of support can be sent (Facebook suggests wording).” There is also the possibility that members of Facebook’s management team will reach out to the person who created the ‘flagged’ post.

Readers, we’re interested in your opinions about this suicide prevention tool. Are there benefits and pitfalls to a tool like this? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.

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