Facebook is rolling out a new feature that will allow you to flag a friend's post as one that raises concern of "suicide or self-harm". Once you flag a post, the message goes to Facebook's global community operations team, where it's reviewed by team members. When you flag a post, you're given a menu of options, including an option to message a person directly with suggested text if you don't know what to say. If it's your post that's flagged, you'll see a number of outreach options, including tips and resources to reach out to suicide prevention organisations. The new feature's reportedly rolling out worldwide today.
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Facebook Offers Tools for Those Who Fear a Friend May Be Suicidal [The New York Times]