Facebook Suicide Prevention Tool is now updated in India, which was available in in the US last year in partnership with Forefront, Lifeline, and Save.org, is now rolled out in India in collaboration with AASRA and Deepika Padukone’s The Live Love Laugh Foundation, which is available in all languages that Facebook is available in India, this includes Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. For Indians, the company has also published a Help A Friend in Need Guide, which was originally created in partnership with The Jed Foundation and The Clinton Foundation.
According to Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety and Jennifer Guadagno, Researcher at Facebook, “We have teams working around the world, 24/7, who review reports that come in. They prioritize the most serious reports like self-injury.”
“We’re updating the resources we offer to people around the world who may be experiencing self-injury or suicidal thoughts, as well as the support we offer to their concerned friends and family members,” they posted.
According to Deepika Padukone, Founder of The Live Love Laugh Foundation, the rate of suicide among the youth in India is one of the highest in the world.
“We are happy to partner with Facebook in this suicide prevention initiative. It is especially important to reach out to young people out there who are feeling depressed and encourage them to reach out for help,” Padukone said.
Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director, Facebook India said, “Often, friends and family who are the observers in these types of situations don’t know what to do. They’re concerned, but they’re worried about saying the wrong thing or somehow making it worse. 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 recognize there’s an opportunity with these tools and resources to connect someone who is struggling with a person they already have a relationship with.”
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