A Hampshire-based SUICIDE prevention charity is promoting its online tool on Safer Internet Day.
R;pple designed its browser extensions to help people doing research related to self-harm or suicide.
It provides an immediate and dynamic display on a user’s device once they have been flagged as searching for harmful content online.
It comes after a study by Stemrush found that searches for “how to avoid trolling” increased by 200% in the past two years.
Alice Hendy, who founded R;pple from her home in Fareham, said: “Trolling can cause significant damage and distress. It is associated with serious physical and psychological effects, including trouble sleeping, low self-esteem, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and in some cases even suicide.
“Unfortunately, individuals think their behavior is acceptable if it takes place behind a screen – it’s not.”
Stemrush data also shows growing interest in what an internet troll is, with searches for it increasing by 84% over the past two years, with searches for “how to spot an internet troll” increasing. 300% from the start. of the pandemic.
Research also suggests that more people are experiencing the negative effects of trolling, with many seeking help via the internet.
Over the past two years, there has been a 300% increase in searches for “why do people troll online”, a 100% increase in searches for whether trolling is illegal, and an increase 200% of searches for “how to deal with an internet troll” since March 2020.
R;pple aims to send a powerful message of hope as well as signaling to a range of mental health support resources such as helplines, texting services and online chat facilities from organisations. free, established, 24/7 mental health charities.
“I lost my only brother, Josh, on November 25, 2020 to suicide at the age of just 21,” Ms Hendy said.
“After examining Josh’s phone and laptop, I discovered that Josh had researched suicide techniques through internet searches, suicide forums and video tutorials. online, I implemented Ripple Suicide Prevention.
“R;pple is a digital tool, which if a user searches for harmful content online (huge red flag and may suggest a dangerous and imminent risk of suicide), they will first be guided through a filter of breathing exercises and then very simple, clean and calmly presented strategies and forums, helplines and mental health services they can access now and in the longer term, complete with messages of hope and encouragement to stay safe .”