From the Facebook Newsroom:
There is one death by suicide in the world every 40 seconds, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds. Experts say that one of the best ways to prevent suicide is for those in distress to hear from people who care about them.
Facebook is in a unique position — through friendships on the site — to help connect a person in distress with people who can support them. It’s part of our ongoing effort to help build a safe community on and off Facebook.
Today (March 1) we’re updating the tools and resources we offer to people who may be thinking of suicide, as well as the support we offer to their concerned friends and family members:
• Integrated suicide prevention tools to help people in real time on Facebook Live
• Live chat support from crisis support organizations through Messenger
• Streamlined reporting for suicide, assisted by artificial intelligence