R;pple – mental health support for families

Published Thursday 9 February 2023 at 14:49

R;pple is a new suicide and self-harm prevention online tool to help families support young people having mental health difficulties.

It is a digital tool, which can be downloaded onto your home computer for free.

What R;pple does – it recognises if a person searches online for harmful keywords or phrases related to the topic of self-harm or suicide. It then gives information to 24/7 free mental health support at a time when people are most vulnerable.

No data or personally identifiable information is captured by R;pple – it is anonymous.

It can be downloaded on Google Chrome, Opera and Microsoft Edge browsers.

The contents of the messaging and resources were developed in collaboration with mental health clinicians, professionals, NHS representatives, lived experience panels and the public.

Ripple was created by Alice Hendy 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.

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.

As part of Blackburn with Darwen Council’s suicide prevention programme, we would ask you to consider downloading this free tool.

For technical support or more information on R;pple please go to: R;pple | Frequently Asked Questions (ripplesuicideprevention.com)

For mental health support via the Council, go to: Mental Health – Young People – Be Well BWD)




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