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.

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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 BreakingTheCycles.com
Author of nine books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!" and "Quick Guide to Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and hundreds of articles, Lisa Frederiksen is a national keynote speaker, consultant and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 12 years researching, writing, speaking and consulting on substance misuse prevention, intervention and treatment; mental illness; addiction as a brain disease; effective co-occurring disorders' treatment; secondhand drinking | drugging; help for the family and related subjects – all centered around 21st century brain and addiction-related research. In 2015, she founded SHD Prevention, providing training and consulting to companies and public agencies to address the workplace impacts of secondhand drinking - the other side of alcohol misuse - something that affects up to 40% of a workforce and costs hundreds of thousands dollars each year in absenteeism, safety risks, health care expenses, distraction and poor performance costs.

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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