Facebook Expands Suicide Prevention to Live Videos

Facebook announced this past Wednesday that it has collaborated with mental health organizations and experts to create new suicide prevention tools as part of their “ongoing effort to help build a safe community on and off Facebook.”

While Facebook has offered suicide prevention tools for over 10 years, the social networking platform has updated its suicide prevention resources for people thinking of suicide and their concerned family and friends to include what gets shared through Live Videos. Updated suicide prevention tools and resources include:

  • 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

Facebook has a unique role to in suicide prevention efforts across the country and world. This social media platform supports a network of friends who can help each other and staff who work 24/7 around the world to monitor the safety of its users. Check out their video campaign here.

To learn more about how you can help prevent suicide or help someone in crisis in San Mateo County, visit: www.smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention.