I hope you don’t mind, but I have come across a piece of innovative technology that I believe [your company] can directly benefit from. R;pple is a digital tool, which if a user searches for harmful content online, 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.
Alice Hendy created the technology and set up the in memory of her younger brother, Josh, who she lost to suicide. Alice found that Josh had been researching techniques to take his own life via harmful internet searches.
You can read why R;pple exists and how it will continue to make such a difference to those suffering with their mental health by watching a full deep dive into R;pple here.
- To date, Alice’s technology has been downloaded over 300,000 times, with schools, colleges, universities, parents, carers and charities able to download R;pple, free of charge (fee required from businesses)
- R;pple has been ‘triggered’ 1,863 times, meaning her software has intercepted 1,863 people from harmful online searches.
- 24 external individuals have approached R;pple to inform us that the tool intercepting them online at their most vulnerable point has saved their life and that they are now receiving mental health support.
- R;pple has won 17 prestigious awards in the mental health and innovation space, after only officially launching in September 2021.
- R;pple has gained significant National media coverage (including Sky News, BBC Breakfast, BBC News , GB News and The Telegraph), reaching over 8.5 million people
I hope you can support Alice in her mission to get people the mental health support they need at a time when they are most vulnerable. Thank you for your support.