suicide prevention

By Laura Lovett August 28, 2018
Technology looks after students. Yesterday education-focused software company GoGuardian launched a suicide prevention tool for students in grades K-12. The system, called Beacon, include an early-warning system that helps schools identify pupils at risk of self harm or suicide. The system employs machine learning to access web searchers, social media behaivor, chats, forums, and emails.  “Our...
By Dave Muoio July 23, 2018
Suicide attempts were less frequent, albeit nonsignificantly, among adolescents who received an inpatient suicide intervention supported in the following weeks by a specialized app, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry. Both the three-hour As Safe As Possible (ASAP) in-person intervention and the app, called BRITE, look to educate patients on various coping...
By Jonah Comstock November 28, 2017
Facebook is ramping up both its human response efforts for suicide threats or high-risk postings, and its use of artificial intelligence to identify such risks, the company wrote in a new blog post yesterday. "Over the last month, we’ve worked with first responders on over 100 wellness checks based on reports we received via our proactive detection efforts," VP of Product Management Guy Rosen...
By Aditi Pai March 12, 2015
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services, has launched a new training tool, an app called Suicide Safe, for behavioral health and primary care providers. Suicide Safe is based on the suicide assessment five-step evaluation and triage (SAFE-T) practice guidelines. Providers can use the app to learn the five steps in ...
By Aditi Pai June 19, 2013
On the iOS 6 and iOS 7 versions of Siri, the digital assistant software has been updated so that it will offer to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, instead of simply showing the nearest locations of suicide prevention centers like older versions of Siri did, according to Huffington Post. If the user chooses "no," Siri lists options of the closest suicide prevention centers. On Apple...