Facebook rolls out global suicide prevention tools

Facebook rolls out global suicide prevention tools

Facebook on Tuesday rolled out a global set of tools it said would help in cases where users are thinking suicidal thoughts or considering self-harm.

“Now, with the help of these new tools, if someone posts something on Facebook that makes you concerned about their well-being, you can reach out to them directly — and you also can also report the post to us,” Facebook staffers Antigone Davis and Jennifer Guadagno said in a post.

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“We have teams working around the world, 24/7, who review reports that come in. They prioritize the most serious reports like self-injury.”

According to The New York Times, Facebook will provide possible language that users could send to friends they worry may be at risk of hurting themselves. They can also get in touch with a mutual friend.

They can also provide similar resources to users who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts or considering self-harm.

The tools were initially tested in the United States and other countries before being deployed around the world, according to Facebook and the Times. They will be available in all of the languages Facebook is offered in.

Facebook said that “as of today, the resources we send to the person who posted something concerning will include an expanded set of options.”

“People can now choose to reach out to a friend, contact a helpline, or see tips.”