Facebook Throws a Lifeline


Most of us can recall the death of a loved one almost immediately. Whether it was a family member, friend, significant other or someone else, they meant something to us and made such a difference in our lives. You see them in a cup of coffee, you hear them in a song, or that pie brings them to your mind. You truly miss them and wish that they would come back.


Losing someone close to you is never easy, but Facebook is here to help

Maybe your loved one died by committing suicide and you wish that something more could have been done. Maybe you feel a sense of regret. Or maybe you ask, “were there any signs?” or “could I have stopped them?”

Fortunately, more is being done to prevent further loss to suicide. According to The Mighty article, Facebook has improved its method for suicidal prevention.

Facebook Takes Steps To End Suicide

The Mighty states, “But now, instead of just reporting the post to Facebook and hoping for the best, Facebook has created a new suicide prevention support tool to help those who may be feeling suicidal.”

So how does this work? As The Mighty’s article demonstrates, someone post a suicidal post on Facebook. Suppose that you were the one that sees it, all you have to do is the following:

  1. Find the arrow in the right corner of the status
  2. On the drop down menu click “report post!”
  3. Then click on “I think it shouldn’t be on Facebook”
  4. Select “It’s threatening, violent or suicidal”
  5. Click on “Suicidal content”
  6. There are several things you can do once you reach this point (example: “Chat with a trained helper”)

Another way you can help prevent suicide is by monitoring your loved ones. By using a reverse cell phone search, you can protect your children from cyber bullies and anonymous callers who might otherwise push them to the extreme. So please don’t wait until something happens, do something before it does.


Only together can we help prevent suicide