Facebook attempts to tackle suicide prevention

(KING) Facebook rolled out a new feature Wednesday designed to put suicide prevention tools at your fingertips. It’s a unique approach to suicide prevention that a team of researchers at the University of Washington played a big part in.

It was back in July when a representative from Facebook reached out to Jennifer Stuber, a University of Washington associate professor whose husband died by suicide in 2011. Not long after his death, she founded Forefront, a UW-affiliated non-profit that focuses on suicide prevention.

Stuber says Facebook brought her staff of mental health experts at Forefront on as consultants, seeking input on what resources the social media network should direct people to and how the process should work.

The conversations also included important input from suicide attempt survivors.

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