Social media could be a good fit to preventing suicides

Published: Sep. 10, 2012 at 10:09 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 9, 2012 at 3:26 AM CDT
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The social media gets a lot of bad publicity and warnings for too much sharing. However, the Federal Government has figured out that Facebook may be a good fit in the prevention of suicides. It has launched a new initiative that's encouraging Facebook to set up a reporting system for those who talk publicly about suicidal tendencies.

The new Facebook service has a link where users can anonymously report friends who seem depressed or suicidal.  The website then contacts that user, offering counseling resources. United States Surgeon General, Regina Benjamin, says, "Suicide is everybody's business. Over 100 people die every single day from suicide. That's one every 15 minutes, so it's a public health issue. And we need to decrease the stigma, bring it out in the open and talk about it."

The Surgeon General's office, the Department of Health and Human Services and members of the Army are also involved in the new Facebook effort to prevent suicides.  To learn more about this, go to Http://www.facebook.com/help/contact/?id305410456169423</url&gt

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