There are always ups and downs in our life, but sometimes situations become unbearable. Facebook will be introducing new updated tools that will provide “more resources, advice and support to people who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts,” the company said in a blog post.
So once this feature is released to everyone, you can flag the post as troubling, and then a team at Facebook will review your post and reach out to the individual. The person who reports such a post will also be presented with some suggestions on how to help that person.
Reporting process on Facebook
This flagging process, or rather, the process to report a suicidal post on a smartphone, is follows:
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- Tap on the small arrow from the top right corner of the post, and then tap on “Report post.”
- Tap on “I think it shouldn’t be on Facebook.”
- Tap on “It’s hurtful, threatening or suicidal.”
- And finally, select, “I think they might hurt themselves.”
Once you do this, you’ll be greeted with a “What you can do” screen, which tries to offer you advice on how to help that friend. You can message that person and try to help him. You can also chat with a trained helper or ask Facebook to look at that post.
Facebook says it has “teams working around the world 24/7 who review any report that comes in. They prioritize the most serious reports, like self-injury, and send help and resources to those in distress.”
However, while Facebook is doing its bit, you should also try to help that person by calling him/her, and if that doesn’t help, then you should inform the necessary authorities immediately. In the end, saving a life matters, be it through Facebook or outside Facebook. Thoughts?