Facebook adds Samaritans suicide risk alert system

Here a feature from Facebook that might be a life saver. Facebook recently announced a new system that allows users to report friends who they think may be contemplating suicide. Anyone worried about a friend can fill out a form, detailing their concerns, which is passed to the social networking site’s moderators. Facebook moderators will then decide if they want to make a police report or pass the information to the Samaritans.
It’s not easy to locate the form. You need to go to Facebook Help Centre and search for the keyword “Suicide”. For those having trouble locating it, the report suicidal content form can be found here.
There have been several cases in the past where the person who is committing suicide post a wall status update about wanting to die. It would be great if there is a feature in Facebook which allows friends of that person to alert the Samaritans or someone that can help. In fact, this reminds me of a recent high profile case in Malaysia. Perhaps his life could be saved if this feature was already in place.
It is also recommended that you contact the Samaritans after submitting the report. For those in Singapore, here’s the number to dial:
Samaritans of Singapore Helpline: 1800-221-4444
Website: www.samaritans.org.sg
This is a great system from Facebook. I’m actually looking forward to seeing news article reporting success case from this system.

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