Facebook Aims to Help Friends Everywhere Prevent Suicide

(December 14, 2011)–Tuesday, Facebook unveiled a new program to help users intervene if a friend posts suicidal thoughts. Users who are worried about their friends can report these troubling posts to Facebook by clicking a link next to the comment. Facebook then sends an email to the person who posted the comment, connecting them with a crisis counselor from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Counselors are available 24 hours a day through the phone hotline and through a new confidential chat tool within Facebook.

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