Suicidal Facebook Users Offered A Helping Hand By Samaritans

When it comes to Facebook we already know that it has a massive user base of more than 500 million users, but things aren’t always fine and dandy for those users. We have heard a few disturbing things such as Facebook addicts having eating disorders amongst them.

Now we have caught wind of suicidal Facebook users being contacted by Samaritans on Facebook in a bid to help them sort their problems. Matt Warman of the Telegraph.co.uk is saying that Samaritans have worked with Facebook to put a system in place that enabled people to get their friends help.

He goes on to say that the system that has been put into place relies on the users searching Facebook’s help centre for advice on what they are supposed to do when they are confronted with certain types of content on pages. Facebook also says that once a form has been filled in then the Samaritans will be in contact with that user within 12 hours.

This is pretty good as it means that suicide prevention should be on the up and it means that there is a new, more advanced way of reaching those people that desperately need the help in a 21st century style. The page also gives advice on how to support vulnerable friends and the charity says that they will be providing tips on the tell-tale signs of distress and how to instigate that ever difficult conversation.

What do you make of this? Have you ever had this sort of situation near you in the past? If you want to then feel free to tell us your story in the comments section below.