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Facebook released a new feature in order to increase their suicide prevention efforts. Partnering with Now Matters Now, Save.org, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, Facebook released a new option under report post that allows you to anonymously report a concerning post. Although it is currently only available to about 50 percent of Facebook users, the tool will be released to the rest of the social media site throughout the next few months.

The new tool for concerned friends and family

If you are worried a friend’s post could be indicative of suicidal ideation or thoughts of self-harm, you can click on “Report Post.” Then, you are given the choice to contact the friend who posted, contact another friend for support or contact a suicide helpline.
After reporting, Facebook will assess the post and determine the level of distress. The one who posted the status will be greeted with a series of options upon their next time logging in. These options include watching videos from Now Matters Now on people who have struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts, as well as learning ideas for reducing stress, such as taking a walk or baking.
The new feature is aimed at not only providing resources for those in need, but also helping concerned family and friends know what steps to take next.

Seeking help beyond Facebook

Facebook’s new feature, though a great resource for in the moment assistance, is not where the help should end. Teens suffering with depression, thoughts of self-harm or other psychological disorders need the help of professionals to understand what is going on and how to progress.
For many suffering with mental illness, there might not be apparent signs via alarming social media posts. It is imperative to be on the look out for significant changes in behavior, severe mood swings and social withdraw in friends and family members.

Experiential therapy can help those struggling with emotional and psychological disorders

For many troubled teens, weekly counseling offers only small changes and might take many months to see results. An intensive wilderness therapy program can provide more significant change in a shorter amount of time. Blue Wilderness Therapy focuses on a holistic transformation through experiential therapy, family relationships and 24-hour care.
Teens respond better to experiential therapy, as opposed talk therapies, as they are given immediate counseling and can learn coping mechanisms in the moment. To find out more about the experiential therapy offered at blueFire, read more here.
If you are concerned about your son or daughter’s behavior, call a staff member at 844-413-1999 to discuss how our experiential therapy approach can provide long-lasting change.


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