FROM DEREK BAIRD I read about Facebook's new initiative to augment its response to potentially suicidal members. The Facebook form (above) offers a way to provide a private chat service with a trained crisis representative from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the States.
As explained by Facebook, the new service initiates a reporting sequence when people use the Report Suicidal Content webform or when they following the reporting links found throughout Facebook.
The person who posted the suicidal comment will then immediately receive an e-mail from Facebook encouraging them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or to click on a link to begin a confidential chat session with a crisis worker.
As Derek Baird points out, preventing suicide is everyone’s business. Nearly 100 Americans die by suicide every day, and in the past year, more than eight million Americans 18 or older had thought seriously about suicide.
Direct link to the Facebook Help Center: http://on.fb.me/gkh2Hh