Facebook adds tool for suicide prevention

Monday, January 23, 2012 - 3:28pm

SHREVEPORT, La. (KMSS) – In 2010, 490 people in Louisiana committed suicide. That's a number that deeply affects the loved ones left behind, like John and Jessica Morton, who lost their daughter Haley "Danielle" Cox last May. "She was real kind, very sweet, kind-hearted. She cared about everybody," Jessica Morton said.

They say their daughter had battled with depression and called a friend, telling him she was thinking about suicide. "He posted her number on Facebook because they shared a lot of friends together, asked people to text her, tell her not to do this," John Morton said. But the wrong person found Danielle's phone number and began sending her dozens of text messages, encouraging her to end her life.

For this family, Danielle's experience has created a desire to reach out to others and end cyber-bullying. Facebook has begun taking steps as well, implementing a new tool last December that allows users to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to report threatening posts.

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