Facebook was unable to stop the live stream of a father’s suicide, despite reports from dozens of people warning the platform of what was happening.
Jonathan ‘Bazza’ Bailey, 50, said he would kill himself at 1pm on Saturday before starting a live stream, according to The sun.
It is believed that more than 400 people watched the livestream, some of them desperately trying to notify Facebook of the situation.
Jonathan ‘Bazza’ Bailey, 50, said he would kill himself at 1pm on Saturday before starting a live stream
A friend wrote on Facebook that he was driving to Mr. Bailey’s house in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire to avoid hanging himself, but when he arrived, the police had already taken him.
Mister Bailey is said to have written ‘I’m going to hang myself today’ on Facebook before starting a live stream, according to an obituary on The Arts of Entertainment.
His daughter, Lucy Bailey, took to Facebook to describe her despair over mental health in the UK.
She wrote: ‘Something has to change, I cannot explain how often GGZ has let you down.
“I never ignore the fact that we can no longer talk every day. I don’t see you hugging you.
“I’m going to try to make you proud forever.”
In addition to her emotional post, she uploaded two screenshots of text messages from Mr. Bailey explaining how he was not given enough advice on the right medications for his depression.
He told how he called a crisis team to ask for help, but was simply told it would take four to six weeks for the medication to take effect.
And he expressed frustration that his medication should only be changed by his psychiatrist, but that he couldn’t get an appointment with his psychiatrist until November 22.
It is believed that more than 400 people watched the live stream, some of whom were desperately trying to notify Facebook of the situation
Facebook made a statement after the incident, claiming that it had sent “support documents” to Mr. Bailey after uploading its initial suicidal status.
A spokesman said, “Our thoughts go to Mr. Bailey’s family during this difficult time.
“We can confirm that the livestream was removed very soon after posting and that this next post has now also been removed at the request of the family.
“We take seriously the responsibility to keep people safe on our platforms and we will continue to work closely with experts such as the Samaritans to ensure that our policies continue to support those in need.”
According to Facebook Community Standards, the company has been ‘advised by experts’ not to remove live videos of ‘self-harm, while loved ones and authorities have the option to provide help or resources.’
Mr. Bailey, a mental health advocate and local hero in his area, founded a gym in Chesterton and was a member of a local anti-drug group – Stoke-on-Dust.
Facebook made a statement after the incident, claiming that it had sent ‘support documents’ to Mr Bailey after uploading its initial suicidal status
The Facebook page for Stoke-on-Dust wrote an emotional tribute that read, “Bazza Bailey, an extraordinary man we should have got to know.
Although it was in a short space of time, the impact Baz had on the entire Stoke-on-Dust team was really encouraging, one that cannot be summed up in a few words.
“The news is terrible and our condolences go out to his family, friends and loved ones.
“A true legend in the city of Stoke, his activism and perseverance to make the community a better place was legendary and we hope that his legacy lives on in those he inspired.
‘Rest in peace.’
A GoFundMe page to raise money for Mr Bailey’s funeral has already raised £ 6,595.
A GoFundMe page to raise money for Mr Bailey’s funeral has already raised £ 6,595
The creator, Stefan Albert Hanks, wrote: ‘I’m sure Baz has touched the hearts of everyone in Stoke-on-Trent, if not personally, but inspiringly.
“I can honestly say that he has helped me a lot in life because he has known him for over 20 years, he is a man who would do his best to help others even if he needed help himself.
“ We often talked about all the things we’ve done for people over the years, and often asked, how do you do what you do for others, and the answer is we did it because it made us feel better, but it was really Baz who needed the help.
“I’ve spoken to Baz’s family and Baz meant a lot to me and so many others I want to help give Baz the wheel he deserves, so please show your support with as much or as little as possible, and let’s make this day special .
Facebook has been contacted for comment.
For confidential support, please call Samaritans at 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans office, see www.samaritans.org for details.