Facebook adds suicide prevention.

A new Huffington Post article states that Facebook is launching a new effort to assist with suicide prevention. The article reports:

If a friend spots a suicidal thought on someone’s page, he can report it to Facebook by clicking a link next to the comment. Facebook then sends an email to the person who posted the comment encouraging that user to call the hotline or click a link for a confidential chat.

Our own Jason Johnson wrote about elements of suicide prevention in Japanese games in Kill Screen Issue #3. Perhaps new forms of social gaming can be geared toward alleviating social and psychological distress.

Yannick LeJacq

[via Huffington Post]