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    Facebook launches suicide prevention tools in India

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    Facebook launches suicide prevention tools in India

    Facebook launches suicide prevention tools in India

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    NEW DELHIJUNE 15, 2016 19:41 IST

    UPDATED: OCTOBER 18, 2016 14:19 IST

    Social networking giant Facebook has introduced tools and educational resources to help people in India who may be struggling with self-injury or experiencing suicidal thoughts.

    These tools are already available in countries like the US, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

    First launched in the US with the help of Forefront, Lifeline and Save.org, the tools were developed in collaboration with mental health organisations and with inputs from people who have personal experience with self-injury and suicide.

    “We are rolling them out in India in collaboration with local partners (AASRA and The Live Love Laugh Foundation) in English and Hindi,” Facebook said in a statement.

    With the help of these new tools, if someone posts something on Facebook that makes a user concerned about the person’s well-being, they can reach out to the person directly and can also report the post to the US-based firm.

    “We have teams working around the world, 24/7, who review reports that come in. They prioritise the most serious reports like self-injury and send help and resources to those in distress,” it said.

    Vulnerable users will then be encouraged to connect to the AASRA India helpline or the Live Love Laugh Foundation or a friend or seek self-help advice from resources and tips provided on how they can work through these feelings.

    Help a Friend in Need

    Facebook has also introduced ‘Help a Friend in Need’ guide to help people identify when someone is distressed and what steps to take to get help.

    The guide also offers suggestions on how to approach their friend, what to say, how to react and what to avoid. It gives people the skills to reach out without fear of making the situation worse.

    The guide will be available in English, Hindi, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Sinhalese, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and Marathi.

    “Often, friends and family who are the observers in these types of situations don’t know what to do. They are concerned, but they are worried about saying the wrong thing or somehow making it worse. Socially, mental illness and thoughts about suicide are just not something we talk about,” Facebook India, South and Central Asia Public Policy Director Ankhi Das said.

    Facebook is a place where people connect and share, and one of the things the company has learnt from the mental health partners and academics is that being connected is a protective factor in suicide prevention, she added.

    “We care deeply about the safety and well-being of the 148 million people in India who use Facebook to connect with the people who matter to them and recognise there is an opportunity with these tools and resources to connect someone who is struggling with a person they already have a relationship with,” she said.

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    Facebook launches suicide prevention tools for depressed Indian users

    Facebook launched the new feature in partnership with Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone's mental health organisation.

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    Facebook launches suicide prevention tools for its 148 million Indian users

    Facebook launched the new feature in partnership with Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone's mental health organisation.

    By Sonam Joshi  on June 15, 2016

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    Last year, when Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone spoke publicly about her struggle with depression, she started an important discussion on mental illness, a subject that remains socially taboo in the country. Now, Facebook has launched updated support tools to help users with suicidal tendencies in India, in collaboration with mental health organisations Aasra and Padukone's Live Love Laugh Foundation.

    SEE ALSO: Facebook reaching out to users who might be suicidal

    The new tools will be available to the social network's 148 million users in India, and will enable people to reach out to distressed friends directly or by reporting their posts to Facebook.

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    “Often, friends and family who are the observers in these types of situations don't know what to do. They're concerned, but they're worried about saying the wrong thing or somehow making it worse," Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director, Facebook, India, South and Central Asia said.

    Facebook had first launched the suicide prevention tools in the US last February, in partnership with local mental health organisations such as Forefront, Now Matters Now and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

    "Socially, mental illness and thoughts about suicide are just not something we talk about. Facebook is a place where people connect and share," Das added, "and one of the things we have learnt from the mental health partners and academics we have worked with on this issue, is that being connected is a protective factor in suicide prevention."

    According to the World Health Organisation, India has the world's highest rate of depression, and more suicides than any other country. Yet, discussions around depression and mental health remain taboo.

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    The new feature is especially important in addressing this stigma. “Mental illness and thoughts about suicide are just not something we talk about openly," Anna Chandy, Chairperson at The Live Love Laugh Foundation, said. "Facebook is used by Indians from diverse backgrounds, so there is an opportunity to connect someone who is struggling to a person who will relate and empathise with them."

    Padukone was among the first public figures in India to publicly talk about depression and the importance of mental health. A few months later, she began the Live Love Laugh Foundation to provide support and spread awareness about depression.

    "The rate of suicide amongst the youth in India is one of the highest in the world. It is especially important to reach out to young people out there who are feeling depressed and encourage them to reach out for help," Padukone said. "The society as a whole needs to be educated about this so that we are sensitised to signs of depression in our friends, neighbours and relatives and can guide them towards expert assistance."

    How the tools work

    The new feature allows anyone who is concerned about a friend being suicidal or prone to self-injury, to report the post to Facebook and help them connect to mental health professionals or reach out them directly. The flagged posts are monitored and reviewed by teams working round-the-clock and across the world, with the most serious reports on self-injury being prioritised.

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