Facebook Launches Chat to Help Prevent Suicides

Facebook has had its share of drawbacks and criticisms (despite its popularity among social media networks), but with its latest added feature, Facebook deserves its share of kudos.

According to an article in the Toronto Star, the new chat can be a helpful tool for those in distress. For those with nowhere else to turn, Facebook’s latest feature may offer information and resources to get the appropriate help.

Like any other new idea, however, the “anti-suicide” chat could come with drawbacks, including concerns about lawsuits from relatives against mental health providers.

Another concern raised is past issues with Facebook’s privacy policies – particularly sharing users’ personal information with third parties – may also raise questions what could be relayed and shared with third-party organizations via the new chat feature, and how third parties could implement such information.

How effective this tool will be is yet to be determined, but those who support it agree any idea is better than the tragic alternative.

In any event, please remember that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and for anyone at that point who want to do harm to themselves, either talk to someone, call 911, or go to your nearest emergency room. Nothing is worth taking your own life.

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