University of Wolverhampton
We recommend talking to the patient and their caretakers or family about the R;pple tool.
R;pple does not provide mental health support, but our Tool deploys messages of hope before attempting to redirect harmful searches towards resources that can provide that support to the people making those searches.
By downloading the R;pple tool, caretakers and family members might be able to help their dependents in a time of crisis from attempting harm.
Alice Hendy lost her only sibling, her brother Josh, on 25th November 2020 to suicide at 21 years old.
Josh had been researching techniques to take his own life via harmful internet searches. The content available online following a search of this nature currently provides mental health support in one format; a helpline.
To ensure more help and support is given to individuals searching for harmful content online, Alice set up R;pple Suicide Prevention. R;pple provides an immediate, vibrant display on a user’s device once they have been flagged as searching for online content relating to self-harm or suicide.
R;pple consists of a powerful message of hope as well as providing a selection of mental health support resources in a range of different communicative options (call, text, webchat) from established mental health charities.
We provide people with a voice, choice, empowerment and control at a time when they are most vulnerable.
R;pple is called R;pple because on average, 137 people are directly impacted each time someone takes their own life – there is a real ripple effect.
The semi-colon forms the ‘I’ in R;pple to mark the internationally recognised symbol of surviving suicide. In a sentence, a semi-colon indicated that the sentence isn’t over. In this context, we are saying that your story isn’t over. Keep going.
R;pple is a universal tool designed to resonate with as many people as possible. Ripple supports individuals of all ages, genders, ethnicities, sexualities and disabilities by providing an interception when an individual searches for harmful content relating to self-harm or suicide online and instead encourages them to seek mental health support from a range of different charities and services in a way which suits them (helpline, text service, webchat, self-help app, pocket resources).
What is R;pple’s mission statement?
Our mission is to intercept harmful content relating to self-harm and/or suicide through innovative technology to redirect users to mental health support if they are struggling to cope or in need immediate help.
What is R;pple’s vision statement?
Our vision is to ensure all users searching for harmful content online are presented with an opportunity of hope that things can and will get better.
What does R;pple do?
The purpose for which Ripple has been established is to reduce the number of people who are viewing harmful online content relating to self-harm and suicide and increase the number of people who are utilising the plethora of mental health resources available to them.
What are R;pple’s objectives?
- Reduce the number of individuals who self-harm or go onto end their own life
- Maximise the number of educational sector organisations, businesses, and parents who pro-actively install R;pple
- To expand R;pple to be compatible with mobile and tablet devices
- To expand R;pple globally by creating country specific versions of R;pple
- Maximise the number of people who utilise free, 24/7 mental health support services
- To hold tech giants and social media companies to account for hosting harmful online content
- Maximise the engagement of R;pple on Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn)
- Raise awareness of mental health support services
- Reduce stigma surrounding the topic of mental health
R;pple is not an app. At present, R;pple is available to download as a Browser Extension (on desktop and laptop computers only) or deploy via Network integration.
Learn more about how to deploy R;pple within our FAQ section heading 'How to Install R;pple'
Charity Name: Ripple Suicide Prevention Charity
Registered Charity Number: 1194331
Charity Address: 4th Floor, Silverstream House, 45 Fitzroy Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 6EB