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Facebook’s New Feature to Prevent Teens from Committing Suicide

Posted by redcherry | On: Jan 06 2012
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Facebook has launched its newest feature designed to be able to save someone’s live. The feature is a tool to prevent suicide by allowing the users to access a direct link to do an online chat with some mental health experts that are dubbed to support the service. These experts are expected to counsel to person who urges to commit suicide.

A spokesman for the company, Frederic Wolens, said that the new feature will work if the users click a report option next to any piece of content on the site and choosing suicidal content under the harmful behaviour option to report their friends who are allegedly urge to commit suicide. After being reported, Facebook then will send an E-mail to the reported friend consisting a direct link for a private online chat with a mental expert from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The friends who reported the suicidal behaviour will receive an E-mail telling that the issue is being processed.

“This was a natural progression from something we’ve been working on for a long time,” Wolens said. Recently, the new feature is only available in USA and Canada because the Facebook team concern about the suicide issue in these two countries. The Surgeon General of the United States stated that about 100 Americans commit suicide everyday and more than 8 million of adult Americans had shown suicidal behaviour last year.

Reuters

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