Navigation Links
Facebook Launches Service to Help Prevent Suicide
Date:12/14/2011

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Facebook is using its social-networking prowess to help prevent suicides in the United States and Canada.

The site is launching a service that will allow users to report a suicidal comment they see posted on Facebook using either a special "Report Suicidal Content" link or on the report links throughout the site. The person who posted the worrisome comment will immediately receive an email from Facebook encouraging them to call the toll-free U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or to click on a chat session with a crisis worker.

Both options are available 24/7 and provide free, confidential counseling to anyone in need.

The Lifeline, which has answered more than 3 million calls since it was launched in 2005, is funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by Link2Health Solutions, a subsidiary of the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC).

Currently, the Lifeline already responds to dozens of people each day who have expressed suicidal thoughts on Facebook, according to a SAMHSA news release.

John Draper, the Lifeline's project director and vice president of crisis and behavioral health technology at MHA-NYC, said in the SAMHSA release that, "We have been partnering with Facebook since 2006 to assist at-risk users and are thrilled to launch this new service."

And according to Associated Press, lives have already been saved in this way: In July, for example, police intervened to help prevent a man from killing himself after a friend living in California alerted them to distressing postings on Facebook.

"Although the Lifeline on average handles 70,000 calls per month, we have heard from our Facebook fans and others that there are many people in crisis who don't feel comfortable picking up the phone. This new service provides a way for them to get the help they need in the way they want it," Draper added.

"Identification of those at risk is the cornerstone to suicide prevention," said Kelly Posner, director of the Center for Suicide Risk Assessment at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. "Facebook's innovative services enable concerned users, or 'friends,' to intervene immediately and initiate this life-saving identification process. Reaching people through venues that they use and providing them with referrals is an important and encouraging step in the right direction."

Joe Sullivan, chief security officer for Facebook, said the company is "proud" of the new effort. "The Lifeline's commitment to suicide prevention has enabled people on Facebook to get fast, meaningful help when they need it most, and we look forward to continuing our work with them to help save lives," he said.

And U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin also applauded the launch of the service. "Facebook and the Lifeline are to be commended for addressing one of this nation's most tragic public health problems," she said in the release. "Nearly 100 Americans die by suicide every day -- 36,035 lives every year. For every person who is murdered, two die by suicide. These deaths are even more tragic because they are preventable."

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about suicide prevention.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCES: Kelly Posner, Ph.D., director, Center for Suicide Risk Assessment at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute; U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, news release, Dec. 13, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Fans Spread the Love on Target Facebook Page and Help Donate $1 Million to Five Charities
2. Facebook Profiles Dont Stretch the Truth
3. MVP Health Care Takes KidPower Youth Sports Program to Facebook
4. New Hampshire Nun's Facebook Rosary Passes One Million Views
5. mySkin.com Announces Beauty4Me: An Interactive Facebook Application
6. Bayshore Solutions Bring Facebook and Google Execs to Tampa April 27
7. Teens Facebook Sex Talk May Not Be Just Talk
8. San Francisco Chiropractor Goes Social: Join the Social Back Doctor Revolution on Facebook Now -- Win Prizes, Cash, and Services
9. Dynowatt Offers Facebook Fans a Chance to See the Rangers and Astros Play for Texas Bragging Rights
10. Facebook Group for McNeil Product Recall Organizes Letter Writing Campaign – Urges Concerned Parents to Contact House of Representatives and Senators
11. AllianceDiamonds.com Presents: Facebook Diamond Giveaway 2010
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Facebook Launches Service to Help Prevent Suicide
(Date:4/21/2017)... Sterling, VA (PRWEB) , ... April 21, 2017 ... ... hosting its first weeklong campaign, AWARE: A Week of Addiction and Recovery Education, ... emerging evidence in treating and preventing substance use disorders. , The mission ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 21, 2017 , ... ... Health held the much anticipated Regional Primary Care Spring Symposium on April 1, ... the local medical community, offering physicians and healthcare providers an opportunity to learn ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... April 21, 2017 , ... Providing for loved ones before ... planning process, or where to even begin. “Now more than ever there are some ... properly protect yourself and your family,” said attorney Lisa Edgar Dickman, founder of the ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... April 21, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of ... in hopes of squashing a global crisis with solution to peace plan. Yisrayl says war ... because the plan is given by the Creator Himself. , Yisrayl says war drums ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... Houston, Texas (PRWEB) , ... April 21, 2017 ... ... repeal…. sound familiar? These are five common elements between the Obamacare program ... feral hog control program which uses Warfarin poison to kill hogs. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/18/2017)... DIEGO and BLOOMINGTON, Minn. ... Inc. (NASDAQ: IMMY ) ("Imprimis"), an ... Precision Lens ("Precision Lens"), today announced the signing ... the agreement, Precision Lens will deploy a dedicated ... select geographies in the U.S., primarily focused in ...
(Date:4/18/2017)... , April 18, 2017 Research and ... the United States Molecular Imaging Equipment and Radiopharmaceuticals Market, Forecast ... ... molecular imaging equipment revenues as well as growth in the ... will provide value to market participants that design and manufacture ...
(Date:4/18/2017)... 2017 Recursion Pharmaceuticals , an emerging ... learning techniques to discover treatments for rare genetic diseases, ... as vice president of biology. Chong joins the ... Belgium , where as a principal ... high-dimensional biological approaches to the small molecule lead discovery ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: