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.
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.
Police successfully prevented the suicide of a man who’d posted a cry for help on Facebook.
LaShonda Armstrong, the New York mother who drove her minivan into the Hudson River Tuesday killing herself and three of her four children, managed to first update a posting on her Facebook account.
A partnership with U.K.-based charity Samaritans to put distressed people in contact with professional help has been launched, after a woman told her 1,048 Facebook friends that she had taken an overdose, yet no one reported it until the following day.
Two teenagers from Monroe Woodbury High School in Orange Country, New York, committed suicide within a couple of weeks, and the media has cited bullying on Facebook as a possible factor.
On Christmas Day, 42-year-old Simone Back took her own life after announcing on Facebook, “Took all my pills be dead soon bye bye everyone.” Her 1,000 friends on the social network did nothing as the tragedy occurred.