Facebook has rolled out tools to assist people prevent self-harm and suicide around the world.
Facebook says the resources, that were rolled out on June 15, 2016, will offer support to “people around the world who may be experiencing self-injury or suicidal thoughts, as well as the support we offer to their concerned friends and family members.”
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If someone posts something on Facebook that makes you concerned about their well-being, Facebook says, you can reach out to them directly besides reporting the post to Facebook for action.
“We have teams working around the world, 24/7, who review reports that come in. They prioritize the most serious reports like self-injury,” Facebook says. “People can now choose to reach out to a friend, contact a helpline, or see tips.”
If you or someone you know is in crisis, you are advised to call your local emergency services right away.
“You can also visit our Help Centre for information about how to support yourself or a friend at Facebook.com/help/594991777257121/ or the video, “From Reporting to Supporting: Using Facebook to Support Someone in Suicidal Crisis” at Vimeo.com/160565004.