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Did you know Facebook has an app for suicide prevention?

In February, 2015 Facebook rolled out a new app for suicide prevention. The app works with a new option that’s inside each post. The new option lets users flag when a friend may be considering self harm. There is a little arrow at the top right of a status that you can click to “report post” of someone you are worried may self harm. When the person logs in again, Facebook offers options to contact the person concerned about him/her, enlist the help of another friend or put the person in contact with a suicide helpline. 

It’s a good idea but it does ask the question, how effective is the reporting system? Does it help or does it frighten away a person? That remains to be seen. Personally, I believe it’s a great idea because feeling abandoned and completely alone is a big part of depression. Anything that gets you talking about how you feel helps.

Facebook teamed up with the mental health groups Forefront, Now Matters Now, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Save.org in an effort to reach out via social media to people who may be thinking about suicide. The app is currently limited to only the United States. Facebook says it hopes to soon introduce the option to other parts of the world.

#YourAreNotAlone

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, ask for help. Don’t be afraid, ashamed, or embarrassed. Your life matters. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK

Twitter: #YourAreNotAlone #suicideprevention #AskForHelp 

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