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UW Group Partners With Facebook To Turn Social Networks Into Safety Nets For Suicide Prevention

Oct 29, 2016

Sometimes on Facebook you might read what seems like a cry for help from a friend, someone struggling to cope who might need you to intervene.

Or maybe it’s nothing -- just someone quoting song lyrics or something. It’s hard to know, and it’s often easier to just ignore it.

The suicide prevention group Forefront is helping create tools for people who notice red flags in a friend’s post.

These are tools that Stephen Paul Miller didn't have several years ago, when he saw a concerning post on by a friend on Facebook.

He’s now operations manager at Forefront. He tells Gabriel Spitzer about when he found himself in that position.

Resources: 

Crisis Clinic: http://crisisclinic.org/     866-4CRISIS

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/      800-273-TALK

Forefront: http://www.intheforefront.org/