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Facebook's suicide prevention tools now available to all users

Facebook has updated its suicide prevention tools and the company is now releasing the tools for its users across the globe.

Facebook's suicide prevention tools now available to all users

The tools allow people flag posts from friends who may be at risk for self-harm or suicide, were previously available only for some English-language users. Other users are allowed to report posts through a form, but the new tools make the process quicker and less complicated.

Facebook said in a announcement that its suicide prevention resources will be available in all languages supported by the platform. The company's global head of safety Antigone Davis and researcher Jennifer Guadagno wrote that the tools were "developed in collaboration with mental health organizations and with input from people who have personal experience with self-injury and suicide."

The tools were first made available to some users in the United States last year with the help of Forefront, Lifeline, and Save.org. Facebook will continue to work in partnership with suicide prevention and mental health organizations in different countries.

The post may also be reviewed by Facebook's global community operations team, which may then "reach out to this person with information that might be helpful to them," according to its Help Center.