MENLO PARK, Calif., June 15 (UPI) -- Facebook has launched new, expanded suicide prevention tools, which are being rolled out around the world.
The changes will allow users of the social media site to flag posts from friends who may be at risk for self-harm or suicide. These were previously only available to some English-language users, while others had to rely on a somewhat lengthier process of filling out a form.
In an announcement, Facebook said Tuesday that its suicide prevention resources will be available in all languages supported by the platform. Its aim is to make the process quicker and less complicated.
"Now, with the help of these new tools, if someone posts something on Facebook that makes you concerned about their well-being, you can reach out to them directly -- and you also can also report the post to us," Antigone Davis, Facebook's global head of safety, and Jennifer Guadagno, a researcher for the company, wrote in a post about the topic.
They added 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."
Facebook, which has 1.6 billion users worldwide, first made the tools available to some users in the United States last year with the help of mental health groups Forefront, Lifeline, and Save.org.
Flagging concerning posts will alert 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.
If someone is at immediate risk of hurting themselves, however, Facebook warns that police should be contacted. The site will include a list of emergency contact details for suicide prevention organizations, which can be contacted anonymously. There will even be suggested wording on Facebook for users who want to message support for people they are concerned about.
In 2014, there were 42,773 deaths by suicide in the United States, making it the 10th-leading cause of death in the nation, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults use social networking sites, a 2015 report by the Pew Research Center shows.