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Facebook helps to prevent suicide

2011-12-13 18:41

Menlo Park - Facebook is making it easier for people who express suicidal thoughts on the social networking site to get help.

A programme launching on Tuesday enables users to instantly connect with a crisis counsellor from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline through Facebook's "chat" messaging system.

If a friend spots a suicidal thought on someone's page, he can report it to Facebook by clicking a link next to the comment.

Facebook then sends an e-mail to the person who posted the comment encouraging that user to call the hotline or click a link for a confidential chat.

The service is Facebook's latest move aimed at improving safety on its site.

Facebook says the goal is to get a person in distress help as quickly as possible.

Comments
  • Steward - 2011-12-13 19:15

    Perfect time of the year to roll out such a program, I like.

  • Trent Hodges - 2011-12-13 19:56

    Everyone should just add DJ Fresh as a friend... He's an awesome councilor...

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