The good news for Australian actress Emma Barrett is that the Kickstarter campaign to fund Take the Reins — her film based on the true story of a woman who took her own life in 2010, posting on Facebook, “Took all my pills be dead soon so bye bye every one,” and having her post face ridicule from her friends — reached its funding goal. The bad news is that the movie is still a little short due to failed credit-card transactions, so Barrett is trying to make up a $6,300 deficit with another fundraising campaign, this time on Indiegogo.
Australian actress Emma Barrett has turned to Kickstarter in an effort to crowd-fund Take the Reins, a film based on the true story of a woman who took her own life in 2010, posting on Facebook, “Took all my pills be dead soon so bye bye every one,” resulting in ridicule from her friends.
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.
Facebook apologized for a case of advertising gone awry in Canada, where photos of a teen girl who committed suicide in April were used in ads for a dating website.
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.
Can posts on Facebook and other social networks, and text messages, be used to help determine if there is a risk of suicide? Facebook, Patterns and Predictions, and the Veterans Education and Research Association of Northern New England aim to find out with their collaboration on The Durkheim Project.
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 continuing its ongoing efforts to combat bullying and address other public safety issues, with a high-ranking executive joining a panel of government and private-sector leaders in the release of a long-awaited report addressing suicide prevention.
Here are three ways to make sure you are being a responsible Facebook friend.