Google May Ramp Up Suicide Message For Holidays

Dec 14, 2011 - 8:12 am 0 by
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suicide googleFor clinically depressed individuals, the holiday season can be a very hard time.

A HackerNews thread talks about that but someone mentions that Google should ramp up their suicide messages for more and more countries.

Currently, if you search for suicide like keywords in, Google UK, Google Australia and many other countries. Google will provide a toll free hotline for the country's suicide hotline.

Here are some pictures:

Google USA Suicide

Google Australia Suicide

But for many countries, Google does not provide the hotline for that country. I assume many times, the country simply doesn't have an official hotline for people to call but the larger problem, it is hard for Google to manage. Thing is, Google is all about making information that is hard to find, easier to find - so I am sure they are up for the challenge.

Google's Matt Cutts replied to the thread that he will try, he said in reply to "Yep. It'd be nice if they added some different numbers for different countries. Paging Matt.."

Getting the numbers for different countries and making sure that they're current might be tricky, so I don't know how hard this would be, but I'll pass the request on.

Weird, because I tried it in Google UK and it worked but some say it does not.

In any event, if Google can save even one life - I am sure it would be worth it.

Forum discussion at HackerNews.

Image credit to ShutterStock for suicide dice image.


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