The partnership makes it possible for a Reddit user to flag someone they feel is struggling with serious self-harm or suicide. That will trigger an immediate private message from Reddit to the person in distress. The message will include mental health resources and a suggestion to use their phone to text the phrase CHAT to 741741 and connect with a Crisis Text Line counselor.
Information about how to reach Crisis Text Line will also be included in the site’s wiki and in the resources section of a community known as Suicide Watch.
Users can flag someone as at risk for suicide by reporting a comment or piece of content, or from a button on the person’s user profile. Reddit will employ rate-limiting so that a user can’t be flagged multiple times for the same comment or piece of content. Redditors have long been able to report abuse of reporting tools, so if someone falsely claims a user is suicidal, that can be reported to the site’s moderators.
Reddit, which has 430 million monthly users, is known for its tight-knit communities known as subreddits, where people gather to talk about their curiosities, interests, and obsessions. Mental health and wellness are frequently themes.
“On Reddit, people are able to find community around an infinite number of topics relevant to them — and as an anonymous platform, we provide a space for people to express the most vulnerable parts of themselves,” the company said in a statement.
Crisis Text Line created a partnership with Facebook a few years ago. Users can reach Crisis Text Line via Facebook Messenger. The data contained in the messages can be erased by Crisis Text Line and Facebook with a request from the user.
If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, Crisis Text Line provides free, confidential support 24/7. Text CRISIS to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Here is a list of international resources.
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