Red Alert System for Suicide Prevention
On Saturday, November 5th, at 10:22 PM, my friend posted this on Facebook:
"someone save me from myself..."
No one saw this post and Jen completed suicide by jumping from her apartment window.
Therefore I propose that all social networks introduce a system for flagging statements that approximate suicidal thoughts and/or feelings.
If someone posts anything that could be taken as a suicidal statement - all of their friends should be sent an immediate text and/or e-mail to alert them to the statement so that loved ones, friends, and family can act on their post - to try and save their life.
How often in the news do we hear about those that post on a social networking site before they complete or attempt suicide?
We should use the power of these social networks to help prevent these deaths from occurring.
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