Facebook Announces Suicide-Prevention Initiatives

StopSuicide650Facebook 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.

As part of the college-level effort, Facebook will provide content for college administrators and health center officials, and the social network will also host a summit focused on how community can be one of the most effective tools to address suicide risk factors.

The best practices guide was created in partnership with Dan Reidenberg of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (Save.org), and other participating tech companies included Google, YouTube, Microsoft, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Tumblr, Twitter, WordPress, and Yahoo.

Facebook said the guide provides resources on how to respond to people struggling with suicidal thoughts for social networking sites and other companies, regardless of size, age, or available resources.

Readers: Is there anything else you think Facebook should be doing to help prevent suicides?

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