Last week, Facebook announced the addition of a suicide prevention feature. As of today, roughly half of all Facebook users have access to the app. All users will have access in the coming months.
Suicide accounts for over 40,000 deaths annually. Amongst young people aged 10-24, suicide is the second leading cause of death. Black teens have an increased risk for suicide. Overall, 4% of black teens will attempt suicide by age 17. The number is slightly higher for black girls at 7%.
As social media becomes more integrated into daily life, efforts to help those struggling with mental health may prove to be helpful.