Facebook rolls out self-harm & injury resources globally

Facebook Inc., the social network company, has announced the global rollout of its self-harm and self-injury resources.

The resources/tools offer support to people around the world who may be experiencing self-injury or suicidal thoughts, as well as their concerned friends and family members.

With the tools, anyone can reach out directly to persons who have posted something on Facebook that makes them concerned about their well-being – they can also can report the post to Facebook.


In turn, Facebook’s teams, who work around the world in a 24/7 basis, will review reports that come in, prioritizing them in order of seriousness.

The team will thereafter send resources to the person who was reported. The resource will include an expanded set of options, and people can now choose to reach out to a friend, contact a helpline, or see tips.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can visit Facebook’s Help Centre for information about how to support yourself or a friend [1].

The tools will be rolled out in collaboration with local partners across the world and will be available in all languages Facebook is available in.

The tools were developed in collaboration with mental health organizations and with the input from people who have personal experience with self-injury and suicide.

It was first launched in the US with the help of Forefront, Lifeline, and Save.org.

[1] While the resources would be of great help, Facebook strongly advises you to call local emergency services if you or someone you know is in crisis.

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