Revolution Bars Group, the leading operator of bars and premium pubs, has become the first organisation within the hospitality industry to install R;pple across all its internal computer networks, strengthening its commitment to suicide prevention.
All staff accounts and computers using the organisation’s internal Wi-Fi network are protected by the R;pple tool, which will automatically and discreetly intercept content from harmful searches relating to self-harm and suicide.
Upon searching for harmful content online, the user will be presented with R;pple’s simple and calming screen, where they will be signposted to support and provided with mental health resources. R;pple’s innovative technology anonymises user searches and does not see, share, or save histories or any identifiable personal data.
Danielle James, Head of Pay & Reward at Revolution Bars Group said:
“We know that every 90 seconds a life is lost to suicide in the UK. If we manage to intercept just one of the 1.2 million monthly harmful online searches to deliver a message of hope and support to a vulnerable or distressed individual, then this will prove to be an invaluable safeguarding intervention.”
R;pple Suicide Prevention Charity was founded by Alice Hendy after losing her sibling, Josh, to suicide at 21 years old. Josh had been researching techniques to take his own life through harmful internet searches.
Alice Hendy, Founder and CEO at R;pple Suicide Prevention Charity said:
"Of all the bars and pubs to show their support for R;pple, the fact that it is Revolution Bars almost seems like fate. My brother, Josh, bought me a cocktail making experience at Revolution Bars which is one of my happiest memories. We also visited Revolution after my graduation and had a fantastic time together."
Beth Anderson, People Director at Revolution Bars Group said:
“We were profoundly touched by Alice’s mission and having lived through the harrowing pain of losing dear colleagues and friends have felt compelled to join the collective effort to save lives. We are extremely grateful to R;pple for working with us so closely to ensure we are leading the implementation of this within the sector and hope that it encourages other businesses to do the same.”
Currently, 47 countries access R;pple worldwide, and 18,000 searches have so far been intercepted, with the charity having won 27 awards in mental health and innovation to-date.