13 Dec '11, 12pm

Facebook aims to help those who post suicidal thoughts on its services

MENLO PARK (California) - 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 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. AP

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