October 30, 2014

Alerts Friends Too

1 New App Flags Suicidal Tweets

A new free cell phone app from suicide prevention organization Samaritans may help alert users to suicide threats by people they follow on Twitter. Once its downloaded, the app, Samaritans Radar, sends an alert to your email address when a person you follow on Twitter tweets phrases that indicate he or she is suffering difficult times. Academic experts compiled the phrases used by people in such circumstances. They include, “help me,” “tired of being alone,” “hate myself,” and “need someone to talk to.” The app, in addition to flagging tweets, will also help contact anyone a user may be concerned about. The new app is not yet perfected, says Samaritans. “It’s not good at sarcasm or jokes yet.” But user feedback will help improve the service, say developers.

More at CNN.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Baby Boomers Are Driving Up Suicide Rates

Tags: Suicide Prevention, Suicide Samaritans, Samaritans Radar, Cell Phone App

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