CEO & Founder, Ripple Suicide Prevention Charity
Alice's Session broadcasts 20 June 2023, 01:00 PM
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About this speaker
Alice Hendy lost her brother, Josh, to suicide in November 2020. Since then, she has set up a charity called R;pple, designed to intercept individuals carrying out harmful online searches relating to self-harm or suicide. Ripple is a digital tool, which if a user searches for harmful content online (huge red flag and can suggest dangerous and imminent risk of suicide completion), they will first be guided through a filter of breathing exercises and then very simple, uncluttered and calmly presented strategies and forums, help lines and mental health services they can access both now and longer term: accompanied with messages of hope and encouragement to keep safe. Without this, it is quite possible that within a couple of clicks, an incredibly distressed individual, will be able to access content that not only demonstrates means of dying by suicide, but encouragement and detailed instruction of how to do so.