Suicide Prevention | Facebook, SAMHSA & National Suicide Join Forces

Suicide prevention efforts have expanded with the partnering of SAMHSA, Facebook and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


Suicide Prevention  – Facebook, SAMHSA and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Join Forces

Nearly 100 Americans die by suicide every day. That’s 36,035 lives every year. In the past year, more than 8 million Americans 18+ had thought seriously about suicide. Facebook Safety, SAMHSA and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ‘1-800-273-TALK (8255) are collaborating to help those in crisis.

Facebook has launched a new service that harnesses the power of social networking and crisis support to help prevent suicides across the Nation and Canada. The new service enables Facebook users to report a suicidal comment they see posted by a friend to Facebook using either the Report Suicidal Content link or the report links found throughout the site. The person who posted the suicidal comment will then immediately receive an email from Facebook encouraging them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or to click on a link to begin a confidential chat session with a crisis worker.

Learn more — read SAMHSA’s Blog post.

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Lisa Frederiksen

Lisa Frederiksen

Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at
Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!," "Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and "Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions." She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of She has spent more than 13 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on substance use disorders prevention, intervention and treatment; mental disorders; addiction (aka substance use disorders) as a brain disease; adolescent addiction treatment vs adult addiction treatment; effective treatment for co-occurring disorders (having both a substance use and mental disorder); secondhand drinking | drugging; help for the family; and related subjects. In 2015, she founded SHD Prevention, providing training and consulting to companies, public agencies, unions, nonprofits and other entities to address the workplace impacts of employee secondhand drinking and alcohol misuse.

One Response to Suicide Prevention | Facebook, SAMHSA & National Suicide Join Forces

  1. Hi Lisa,

    Wonderful that Facebook is reaching out to those that are suffering. It’s nice to see community involvement with a big site such as Facebook. Thanks for sharing.

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