Facebook Launches New Updated Tools To Prevent Suicides In India

Facebook announced that they introduced updated tools and educational resources to help people in India suffering from mental struggling and suicidal thoughts. The Indian launch by Facebook follows a similar launch in the United States.

The tools and resources will let a user either directly reach out to a person posting something on Facebook that causes concern about their well-being, or report the post to Facebook.there is team working around world 24/7 who review the reports and they give more priority to most serious reports such as self-injury and send them help and resources to such persons.

The resources will be available in English and Hindi Facebook launched these updated tools and educational resources in association with two Indian partners ,The AASRA and The Lve Love Laugh Foundation. AASRA has been working with Facebook for several years to help people who are having suicidal thoughts.AASRA is a charity provides professional counselling to people with mental stress and suicidal temptations in India.

Facebook Launches New Updated Tools To Prevent Suicides In India

The Live Love Laugh Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the issue of mental health in India. Film actress deepika padukone the founder of the Live Love Laugh Foundation said that their foundation wants to reduce stigma and create awareness around mental health in India. she also said in a statement that “Suicide is a complex issue but the causal relationship between mental health and suicide is well established.The rate of suicide amongst the youth in India is one of the highest in the world.

We are happy to partner with Facebook in this suicide prevention initiative” Facebook’s new tool is another step forward in helping to prevent suicide,” said Johnson Thomas, Director, AASRA. the public policy director, India Anki Das said that “Socially, mental illness and thoughts about suicide are just not something we talk about. Facebook is a place where people connect and share, and one of the things we have learnt from the mental health partners and academics we have worked with on this issue is that being connected is a protective factor in suicide prevention.

We care deeply about the safety and well-being of the 148 million people in India who use Facebook to connect with the people who matter to them and recognise there’s an opportunity with these tools and resources to connect someone who is struggling with a person they already have a relationship with”.

This initiative by Facebook is a great thing to people in India suffering mental stress and suicide temptations. the no suicide attempts among youngster is very high in India. and hopes the new strategy will bring a noticeable change in the current scenario

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