The number is alarming. According to Australian organization BeyondBlue, there are typically 2,500 deaths in Australia caused by suicide every year.
This also happens to be the leading cause of death among both males and females who are aged 15 to 44. And taking a proactive stance to try to curb this number, Facebook has decided to make its suicide prevention tools available in Australia.
The Facebook suicide prevention tool is not new in the U.S. Back in 2012, the social media giant had announced the development of its new military crisis content, which was created in partnership with Blue Star Families and the Department of Veteran Affairs. This was developed after a survey found that 10 percent of military family members have considered suicide while 9 percent of service members have considered the same.
Today, there is a feature on Facebook that allows users, military or civilian, to use a service called Report Suicidal Content. Meanwhile, Facebook confirmed to Mashable that it is now making the same feature available in Australia. Moreover, the social media company has also partnered with organizations like BeyondBlue and Headspace.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said that intentional self-harm remains to be the leading cause of death for young Australians, aged 15 to 24 years old. And back in 2013, there were as many as 350 people belonging to this age group that died due to suicide. With the help of social media platforms like Facebook, they may be a way to stop this trend.
For now, there is one suicide for every 100 to 200 suicide attempts in Australia.