Facebook New Tool for Suicide Prevention

There is one death by suicide in the world every 40 seconds, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-29 year old. Facebook just lunched New Suicide Prevention Tool. Facebook already had a support team to review on the posts which include thoughts of suicide. Where other users can report the post as suicide post. With live video streaming in Facebook suicide are also lived. Live chat support through Messenger to people who may be thinking of suicide. Facebook New Tool for Suicide Prevention.

New Suicide Prevention Tools

Many People connect through facebook world wide so facebook is in a unique position to help peoplw connect in distance and with the people who care about. Experts say that one of the best ways to prevent suicide is for those in distress to hear from people who care about them.

Today we’re updating the tools and resources we offer to people who may be thinking of suicide, as well as the support we offer to their concerned friends and family members:

Integrated suicide prevention tools to help people in real time on Facebook Live
Live chat support from crisis support organizations through Messenger
Streamlined reporting for suicide, assisted by artificial intelligence

Already in facebook if you found something like suicide in their post update you can report it. According the facebook they have working team around world 24/7. “We have teams working around the world, 24/7, who review reports that come in and prioritize the most serious reports like suicide. We provide people who have expressed suicidal thoughts with a number of support options. For example, we prompt people to reach out to a friend and even offer pre-populated text to make it easier for people to start a conversation.”


Suicide Prevention tool has been up for 10 years and were developed in collaboration with save.org, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Forefront and Crisis Text Line, and with input from people who have personal experience thinking about or attempting suicide. And in 2016 Expanded globally with over 70 partners around world.

Here are Some Updates:

Facebook Live

People watching live video have the option to reach out to the person directly or report the video to Facebook. Facebook will provide resource to help their friend. Also People who is sharing live video sees set of options to contact the friend, help line or tips. I need to find a suicide hotline for myself or a friend. Follow this link https://www.facebook.com/help/103883219702654

Crisis Support Partners

Facebook add ability for people to connect with crisis support partners over Messenger. Now people will see the option to message with someone in real time directly from the organization’s Page or through suicide prevention tools. Participating organizations include Crisis Text Line, the National Eating Disorder Association and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Making Reporting Easier

Facebook work to address posts expressing thoughts of suicide as quickly and accurately as possible.

Based on feedback from experts, we are testing a streamlined reporting process using pattern recognition in posts previously reported for suicide. This artificial intelligence approach will make the option to report a post about “suicide or self injury” more prominent for potentially concerning posts like these.
We’re also testing pattern recognition to identify posts as very likely to include thoughts of suicide. Our Community Operations team will review these posts and, if appropriate, provide resources to the person who posted the content, even if someone on Facebook has not reported it yet.
We are starting this limited test in the US and will continue working closely with suicide prevention experts to understand other ways we can use technology to help provide support.

Suicide prevention is one way we’re working to build a safer community. Facebook New Tool for Suicide Prevention.