View Full Version : Facebook prevents a suicide

11-09-2012, 06:04 PM

On October 24th, Michael Cali Moore, a National Guardsman, sent "Dan," the anonymous founder of the Facebook page "Awesome Sh*t My Drill Sergeant Said (https://www.facebook.com/ASMDSS?ref=stream)" a message concerning his Battle Buddy (https://www.facebook.com/ASMDSS/posts/489393604427652?comment_id=87173269&offset=750&tot al_comments=1495), a Guardsman in another platoon: "I don't know where else to turn. I'm 100% certain that my friends is planning on killing himself tonight and I cannot get a hold of him or anyone that can get to him. Can you help me?" he wrote (http://www.businessinsider.com/social-media-is-saving-soldiers-lives-in-ways-youd-never-expect-2012-11#ixzz2BZR7Pzom), adding details of his friend's personal and financial woes.
The answer turned out to be yes (http://www.reddit.com/r/Military/comments/12vnim/how_facebook_prevented_a_soldiers_suicide/).
Dan, a Staff Sergeant in the Army National Guard, put at status update on the page:
"TROOP IN TROUBLE," the Facebook status read (https://www.facebook.com/ASMDSS/posts/489393604427652). "We just received a request for help from a troop that turned to us in desperation because it is the middle of the night and no one in the chain of command is picking up the phone and he sincerely believes his battle [buddy] is planning to take his own life tonight."
"If you are in or near Kingsport, TN or know a battle that is, email me ASAP," Dan added (https://www.facebook.com/ASMDSS/posts/489393604427652), concluding, "If we lose one, that is one too many."
The post was shared more than 200 times that night. Some who read the post even drove to the area, waiting on news of a specific location. Dan continued to update the post as police searched the man's last known address. He wasn't there.
Somehow the soldier heard about the Facebook community's determination to help him.
He texted Dan:
"I appreciate what you and everybody with your page are trying to do, but I've made my decision," he wrote (http://www.businessinsider.com/social-media-is-saving-soldiers-lives-in-ways-youd-never-expect-2012-11#ixzz2BZR7Pzom).
According to (http://www.businessinsider.com/social-media-is-saving-soldiers-lives-in-ways-youd-never-expect-2012-11#ixzz2BZR7Pzom) Business Insider, Dan made contact (https://www.facebook.com/ASMDSS/posts/489393604427652?comment_id=87174014&offset=300&tot al_comments=1495) with the soldier's Executive Officer. GPS coordinates helped the group track down the soldier who was drinking alone in a small apartment. His Executive Officer and fellow soldiers spoke to him through the door, encouraging him to not give up.
Hours after first posting the call to action, Dan was able to reassure (https://www.facebook.com/ASMDSS/posts/489393604427652?comment_id=87176454&offset=150&tot al_comments=1495) the Facebook group: "Soldier is safe and getting the help he needs."

11-09-2012, 06:11 PM
Sounds like a lot of factors were in play - the tight-knit nature of the military, and efforts by everyone concerned to find, and then help the guy. Glad he was persuaded aginst suicide, and we hope he will get the help he needs, both medically, mental health-wise and in his community. We lose too many soldiers to suicide.

11-09-2012, 06:14 PM
This is really good to read. Since we know Facebook has taken several lives, it's nice to hear it helped.