Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Facebook launches tool to report suicidal behavior

[ via Reuters ] 14 Dec

Facebook launched a new suicide prevention tool on Tuesday, giving users a direct link to an online chat with counselors who can help, reports Reuters quoting Facebook.

Screen shot of the Facebook Help Centre on Suicide
The new tool gives people who may not be comfortable picking up the phone a direct avenue to seek help.

The new suicide reporting tool will be made available to people who use Facebook in the United States and Canada. The availability specific to USA/Canada can be understood from the fact that nearly 100 Americans die by suicide every day, according to the Surgeon General of the United States.

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