What a great day for mental health! Today, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Facebook joined efforts to help prevent suicide through an innovative new chat link.
Individuals on Facebook can now chat live with a professional crisis worker through the National Crisis Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (toll free 24/7 hotline). Individuals who see content related to threats of suicide or are worried about a friend or loved one can get help through Facebook's "Report Suicide Content" link https://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=suicidal_content: Facebook will automatically send a message to the person who posted the content and encourage them to contact the National Crisis Hotline and provide them with a link to begin chatting with a professional crisis worker. It's that simple!
A big high-five to all the folks at SAMHSA and Facebook for their creative thinking, which will go a long way in saving lives and helping folks get the help they need.
- For more information visit the SAMHSA blog link: http://blog.samhsa.gov/2011/12/13/facebook-provides-first-of-a-kind-service-to-help-prevent-suicides.
- To learn more about SAMHSA and Facebook's partnership, please read the official press release below.
Have a great day!