Weighing in on Facebook’s New Suicide Prevention Strategy


Facebook partnered with mental health organizations and has made it easier for users to report posts from people who seem to be in psychological distress. Many media are lauding the strategy, but some critics are raising concerns about privacy.

Facebook rolls out new suicide prevention and support tools
(The Guardian, February 26, 2015)

Will Facebook’s Efforts Actually Help Prevent Suicide? (ThinkProgress, March 2, 2015)

Facebook adds new tools for suicide prevention (The Verge, February 26, 2015)

New Facebook suicide prevention tool has fans, critics (Examiner.com, undated)


  1. Of course, I am sure everyone reading MIA knows this, that anyone foolish enough to talk about how down they feel will find themselves on a psych ward, pumped full of drugs, just as fast as the police can get there. And ultimately, as we also know, their chances of actually killing themselves will be extremely more likely.

    I don’t know how we can alert people to this danger, but I wish we can find some way to try.

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