On Christmas Day, Simone Black, was feeling suicidal. She shared her suicidal feelings with her over 1,000 friends on Facebook by telling them she had taken an overdose, but no one reported it until the next day, it was too late.
Facebook has partnered with the Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center, to offer a new way of reporting people who may be considering suicide. One of the biggest problems with people these days is when they see something online that should be reported they skip over it assuming the next person will report it. The Facebook/Samaritans partnership creates an easy way to report that suicidal friend.
Facebook has created an easy to use form to enter your friends information, disturbing posts and status updates. From there someone at Facebook operations will either call police or turn it over to Samaritans in a very timely manner.
Samaritans Chief Executive Catherine Johnstone said
“Through the popularity of Facebook, we are harnessing the power of friendship so people can get help.
“As a friend you are better placed to know whether someone close to you is struggling to cope or even feeling suicidal.
For more information on this please visit the Samaritans Facebook page. It’s also a huge undertaking for Facebook. With nearly 750 million people on Facebook this may be a full department for Facebook. That shouldn’t bother Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as he has pledged to give half of his networth to Charity and to date the majority of his philanthropic efforts have been targeted at students and teens.
Source: Tech Radar