Facebook continues to forge ahead with suicide-prevention efforts with its announcements of two new initiatives this week: a college-level campaign in partnership with the JED Foundation and the Clinton Foundation‘s Health Matters Initiative; and a new best practices guide aimed at Internet companies.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Facebook is doing its part for suicide prevention month in September by sharing an infographic detailing how its users can quickly access resources or submit reports to the social network about friends under duress, and running a public-service announcement across Facebook for the rest of the month directing its users to the infographic.
Facebook continued its efforts on the suicide-prevention front by teaming up with Save.org (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) to study suicide victims’ activity on the social network in the days just prior to their deaths.
Facebook is doing its part to help prevent suicide, enabling users who see possible suicidal thoughts on their friends’ pages to report it to the social network by clicking on a link, after which the social network will email the friends and encourage them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or engage in live chats with crisis counselors.