Facebook is doing its part for suicide prevention month in September by sharing an infographic detailing how its users can quickly access resources or submit reports to the social network about friends under duress, and running a public-service announcement across Facebook for the rest of the month directing its users to the infographic.
The social network shared the ways its users can access resources via Facebook on the desktop:
- Click “report” in the upper-right-hand corner of a post, after which Facebook offers resources, the ability to submit a report, and a suggested message for users to send to their affected friends.
- Search for “suicide” in Facebook’s search bar.
- Go to the Help Center and type “suicide.”
The World Health Organization reports that every year, almost 1 million people die from suicide. That is tragic. And the impact goes much further — studies show that each suicide intimately affects at least six other people. That means that globally, the impact of suicide is felt deeply by many millions of people each year.
In order to ensure that we reach more people with this important information, we will be running a public-service announcement across Facebook directing people to the infographic throughout the rest of suicide prevention month.
We have also partnered with 33 suicide prevention organizations across the world. In addition to providing direct support through channels like phone, email, chat, or SMS, many have Facebook pages where people can get additional information. For example, SADAG has frequent Q&As with psychologists on its Facebook page. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline educates people about suicide prevention on its Facebook page by awarding “badges” to people who learn a new tip. Check out and like your local suicide prevention organization’s Facebook page to get additional information. These organizations and the dedicated employees and volunteers who help power them are the real inspirational leaders in the fight to prevent suicide.
If you would like more information about how to identify suicide warning signs, please read a blog post we published last week authored by Dr. Dan Reidenberg. In addition to doing extensive patient work and holding leadership positions on suicide prevention organizations globally, Dr. Dan is also a recognized expert in advising technology companies on implementing suicide prevention best practices.
Readers: Were you aware of Facebook’s extensive suicide prevention efforts?