Facebook Has a New Tool to Combat Teenage Suicidal Thoughts

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Facebook Has a New Tool to Combat Teenage Suicidal Thoughts

Recently, it was reported that US suicides have reached a 30-year high–this is troubling news. The increase was in every age group except for older adults. It’s obvious something needs to be done in order to combat young adult and teenage suicidal thoughts to make a difference in these numbers. Facebook has taken initiative and created a new tool for those who think their friends may be experiencing teenage suicidal thoughts. The New York Times recently reported on how the tool works.

How it works

All it takes is a click. The new suicide prevention tool begins with a drop-down menu that allows someone to report a post they think may mean someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts. After it’s flagged, someone from Facebook’s global community operations team (which runs 24/7) takes a look. These people are given special training on how to deal with these situations.

The person who has chosen to report the possibly suicidal content is given some options: send a direct Facebook message to the friend or to a mutual friend to help. Facebook even gives suggested examples of messages to send.

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So what does it do for the person who posted the potentially suicidal content?

If the evaluator gets the feeling that this truly is a potentially suicidal call for help, the person who posted the potent will given a list of options next time they look at Facebook. This list includes tips and resources they can go to if they’re having suicidal thoughts. It encourages them to reach out.

More social media companies need to combat youth & teenage suicidal thoughts

Even if these tools only reach a few people, it was worth it–those are a few lives not lost to youth & suicidal thoughts. A lot of the time, teens feel like they have nowhere to go, but these tools help them realize that there are people around to support them through this critical time. Facebook hopes that their new tool will inspire other social media companies to create similar tools to help combat suicide.

ViewPoint Center can help

ViewPoint Center is a mental health hospital for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child.

For more information about how ViewPoint Center handles teenage suicidal thoughts, contact us today at 801-825-5222!


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