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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Aasra teams up with Facebook to launch updated tools and educational resources to help people struggling with suicidal ideation

Aasra Suicide Prevention
Today, we're pleased to announce we've teamed up with Facebook to launch updated tools and educational resources to help support people in India who may be struggling with self-injury or may be experiencing suicidal thoughts or report the post to Facebook. Now, with the help of these new tools, if someone posts something on Facebook that makes you concerned about their well-being, you can reach out to them directly — and you also can also report the post to Facebook, who will prioritize the most serious reports like self-injury and send help and resources to those in distress. And, as of today, the resources Facebook sends to the person who posted something concerning will include an expanded set of options. People can now choose to reach out to a friend, contact our helpline, or see tips. We've also partnered with Facebook to introduce a Help A Friend In Need guide. The guide helps people identify potential warning signs that a friend might be in emotional distress and in need of help. Research indicates that having positive connections is an important factor in preventing suicide, and we strongly support efforts to connect people to their friends and family and resources in their time of need.

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