Facebook is connecting with military-support and service organizations to offer customized suicide-prevention services for veterans, active service members and their families.
For many members of military families, social media serve as a lifeline, connecting them to various supportive communities to help them cope with their specific strains and stresses. So, in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the nonprofit organization Blue Star Families, Facebook has unveiled a literal lifeline within the site, with informational and response tools customized for service members and their families.
In a recent survey of 4,000 military families, Blue Star Families discovered that more than 90% of those who responded reported some type of use of Facebook, and 86% of them said they were on the social networking site daily.
The survey also highlighted that the percentage of military family members who have pondered suicide is nearly equal to that of service members with suicidal thoughts.