REDDIT ANNOUNCES NEW SUICIDE PREVENTION TOOLS
March 10, 2020
Reddit is the 5th most oft-visited website in the United States, and the most important source of news and information for millions of Americans. Registered members submit content to the site such as links, text posts, and images, which are then voted up or down by other members.
Reddit posts are organized by subject into user-created boards called "subreddits", which cover a variety of topics like news, science, movies, video games, music, books, fitness, food, and image-sharing. Submissions with more up-votes appear towards the top of their subreddit and, if they receive enough up-votes, ultimately on the site's front page. Despite strict rules prohibiting harassment, Reddit's administrators spend considerable resources on moderating the site. The main subreddit for suicide prevention is https://www.reddit.com/r/suicideprevention/.
Starting March 10, 2020, if a Reddit user flags another user as potentially at risk, that user will get a private message with suicide prevention resources and a recommendation to text CHAT to 741741, which is the number for the Crisis Text Line. When someone texts that number, a trained crisis counselor will be available for support. The Crisis Text Line is also available to the person who flagged the at-risk user if they need some support, too.
Reddit’s flagging tools are similar to those already offered by Facebook and Twitter. Snapchat has a page listing global suicide prevention resources that you can reference or share with someone who might need them. There are also suicide prevention apps available on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.