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A troubling post on Facebook

The process starts when you come across a worrisome post on Facebook. You can report it from both the Web and any official Facebook app on a smartphone or tablet.

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Report the post

Click on the arrow in the top-right corner, followed by Report post.

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Choose the right option

Indicate you feel Facebook isn't the place for this type of post by selecting ""I think it shouldn't be on Facebook."

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Mark it as suicidal

Select the option "It's hurtful, threatening or suicidal."

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One more option to select

Select the bottom option, "I think they might hurt themselves."

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What you can do

This screen walks you through the various options to help your friend. You can select "Ask us to look at the post" if you aren't comfortable enough reaching out the person directly, or you can opt to alert a mutual friend.

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Send a message

Sometimes just knowing someone is paying attention and is willing to help can make all the difference. You can send a message to your friend with information for him or her to seek help directly in the message.

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Send a friend a message

Sending a message to a mutual friend, maybe someone who is closer to the person than you are, is also a smart move.

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Send a friend a message

A copy of the post is sent to the friend, letting the person know exactly what prompted you to reach out.

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Send a friend a message

Another screen of the process of sending a message to a mutual friend. A few minutes of your time can make all the difference.

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