kpix-7-2013-masthead kcbs 7-2013-masthead

Facebook Rolls Out To New Tool To Prevent Suicide

View Comments
(Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

(Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

PALO ALTO (CBS/AP) – Facebook is making it easier for people who express suicidal thoughts on the social networking site to get help.

A program launching Tuesday enables users to instantly connect with a crisis counselor from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline through Facebook’s “chat” messaging system.

If a friend spots a suicidal thought on someone’s page, he can report it to Facebook by clicking a link next to the comment. Facebook then sends an email to the person who posted the comment encouraging that user to call the hotline or click a link for a confidential chat.

The service is Palo Alto-based Facebook’s latest move aimed at improving safety on its site.

Facebook says the goal is to get a person in distress help as quickly as possible.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus