Last year, when Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone spoke publicly about her struggle with depression, she started an important discussion on mental illness, a subject that remains socially taboo in the country. Now, Facebook has launched updated support tools to help users with suicidal tendencies in India, in collaboration with mental health organisations Aasra and Padukone’s Live Love Laugh Foundation.
The new tools will be available to the social network’s 148 million users in India, and will enable people to reach out to distressed friends directly or by reporting their posts to Facebook.
“Often, friends and family who are the observers in these types of situations don’t know what to do. They’re concerned, but they’re worried about saying the wrong thing or somehow making it worse,” Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director, Facebook, India, South and Central Asia said.
Facebook had first launched the suicide prevention tools in the US last February, in partnership with local mental health organisations such as Forefront, Now Matters Now and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline… see more