Brighton charity produces video on technology’s response to suicide

Posted On 21 Feb 2014 at 7:42 pm
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By Jenni Davidson

A Brighton-based charity has produced a video on the way online technology responds to people at risk of suicide.

The Grassroots Suicide Prevention video looks at how search engines, mobile apps and social media react to search terms relating to suicide.

The charity says that the response can be vital, as even a slight delay can prevent someone who is considering killing themselves from going through with it.

They praise Google and Siri for automatically directing users to the Samaritans.

Facebook and Twitter also have options for users to raise an alert if there is someone they believe is at risk.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention is a charity that provides suicide prevention training and expertise.

It has won awards from NHS Brighton and Hove and the Sussex Community Foundation’s Seedcorn fund for its Suicide Safer Brighton and Hove project.

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