Facebook and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline have just partnered up to try and keep users safe!
First and foremost, they're trying to make it easier for those who post suicidal thoughts, messages, and statuses to get help — by being able to instantly connect users with a crisis counselor from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. All of this, of course, will easily happen through Facebook's chat system.
It also helps friends of those who might be avoiding help or secretly reaching out to point them in the right direction. Friends will be able to "report" suicidal thoughts, which will prompt an email to be sent to the user urging them to make use of the new system!
The goal is to get the user help as fast as possible!
We LOVE this idea, but we can also see the troves of d-bags on the social networking site spamming each other with fake suicidal warning emails — so we wonder what kind of screening will go into that.
Otherwise, this is great! And if you're feeling suicidal, there ARE people who can help! Not all is lost! Please get help!!!
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