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Facebook Is Aiming To Help Prevent Suicide

Facebook Is Aiming To Help Prevent Suicide

Tuesday, December 13 2011 17:52 Rachad Hollis

As Social networking sites become more popular, one site wants to make sure it's users are reporting suspicious behavior. Facebook is aiming to help prevent suicide. The social networking web site is launching a program today that enables users to instantly connect with a crisis counselor through Facebook's chat messaging system. Here's how it works. 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 will then send an e-mail to the person that posted the suicidal comment, encouraging them to call a hot-line or click on a link to begin an instant, confidential chat. Pamela Vinson, Program Director at River Edge Prevention Resource Center in Macon says, there are things you can do to help a friend or loved one who might need help.

"There is always hope even though the situations may seem hopeless but it's not. Just make sure you let them know that you are there and that you care about Them, said Vinson.

If you would like more information on River Edge Behavioral Health Center, you can give them a call at 478-751-4506