Today, we’re announcing new military crisis content, developed in partnership with Blue Star Families and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Social media use is prevalent throughout military families. Blue Star Families announced their 2012 Annual Survey Results, which showed that more than 90% of respondents reported using some type of social media, of which 86% reported using Facebook daily. The survey also found the percentage of military family members (for example, military spouses) who have considered suicide (10%) is almost equal to the percentage of service members who have considered suicide (9%).
Because of this, Facebook engineers developed a customized solution to help identify military families and military personnel. In times of need or concern, these groups can find specific information about crisis services for the U.S. military, including the Veterans Crisis Line.
To learn more, read a note on the U.S. Military on Facebook Page or watch a Facebook Talk on May 10 at 3PM EST with representatives from Blue Star Families, Facebook, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Wounded Warrior Project.