To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, which fell this year on 10 September, West Ham United are proud to be implementing online tool, R;pple, across the Club.
Lifelong Hammers fan, Alice Hendy, set up R;pple Suicide Prevention after losing her only sibling, Josh, on 25 November 2020 to suicide at just 21 years of age.
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.
Alice set up R;pple Suicide Prevention to ensure more help and support is given to individuals searching for harmful content online. The tool intercepts harmful content relating to self-harm and/or suicide through innovative technology to ensure all users searching for harmful content online are presented with an opportunity of hope that things can and will get better.
This fantastic tool has the power to save countless lives, and as such, it will be set up across West Ham United, our Academy and Foundation, to ensure that everyone knows that help and support is out there.
West Ham are proud to be using R;pple moving forwards. The Club want to support R;pple to ensure that immediate mental health support and resources are immediately available to people when required, which can ultimately save lives.
More information is available at www.ripplesuicideprevention.com
R;pple Suicide Prevention – Our Goals
- To intercept harmful content relating to self-harm and/or suicide through innovative technology.
- To ensure all users searching for harmful content online are presented with an opportunity of hope that things can and will get better.
- To ensure immediate mental health support and resources are presented to individuals following a harmful online search.
Need urgent help?
If you are in need of urgent help, please visit your local NHS walk-in centre or A&E department as soon as possible.
You can also find immediate support by calling Samaritans free at any time on 116 123 or texting SHOUT to 85258.