Provide connection to mental health resources for potentially at-risk users
  • Petitioning Google Inc.

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Google Inc.

Provide connection to mental health resources for potentially at-risk users

    1. Petition by

      Active Minds at Ithaca College

Active Minds at Ithaca College is petitioning Google Inc. for a greater, and more prominent inclusion of mental health resources upon searching for terms that could imply that a person needs help.  There are three main components to our appeal, all of which we believe are essential in protecting the mental health of Google’s vast body of users.

 

1. On Tumblr.com, a microblogging platform and social networking website, when users search for potentially harmful terms such as “suicide,” and “pro-ana,” the screen fades, still displaying search results behind it, and a dialog box emerges offering various mental health resources available for those who may be interested or in need.  The window reads, “If you or someone you know is dealing with an eating disorder, self harm issues, or suicidal thoughts, please visit our Counseling & Prevention Resources page for a list of services that may be able to help.”  It then requires the user to select “dismiss” before continuing to their results.  This system offers people potentially in need resources that could be beneficial to them or even save their life, while still maintaining a level of transparency over search results for lack of censorship.   While we understand the Google already provides a hotline for the “suicide” search, we believe the alternate system described would be most beneficial.  We would like Google Inc. to implement this, or a system resembling it, to their search results for the benefit of its users.

 

2. The search result window, along with “dismiss,” includes a “Tell me more” option.

If you choose the latter, you are brought to a page of Counseling and Prevention Resources.  This is a relatively expansive list of free and confidential resources organized by country.  This is a page we would like to see Google incorporate, and have available to anyone who might be struggling with various mental health issues.

 

3. Google Inc. will need a list of potentially triggering search terms to implement the prior two suggestions.  The following is a list of these search terms, and we encourage readers to include their own in the comment section.

·      Abuse

·      Addiction

·      Alcoholism

·      Ana

·      Anorexia

·      Bingeing

·      Bulimia

·      Cutting

·      Eating Disorder

·      Fastest Ways to Kill Yourself

·      How to Kill Yourself

·      How to Stop Cutting

·      How to Tie a Noose

·      I Want to Die

·      Kill Yourself

·      Overdose

·      Pro-Ana

·      Pro-Mia

·      Purging

·      Rape

·      Self-Harm

·      Self-Injury

·      Starve Yourself

·      Suicidal

·      Suicide

·      Thinspiration

·      Thinspo

 

According to the Active Minds National website, 1100 college students die by suicide each year.  These are the same students using the Google search engine on a daily basis for their classwork.  Your support could potentially change or even save the lives of people all over the world.

To:
Google Inc.
Have a greater, and more prominent inclusion of mental health resources upon searching terms that may suggest they need help that the resources could provide.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. The Ithacan covers the petition

      Student group petitions Google to flag self-harm searches

      Courtesy of Cassie Walters With one in four college students in the U.S. experiencing mental illness, Ithaca College students are asking the world's most-used search engine to promote mental health advocacy by flagging searches for self-harm information on the Internet.

    3. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Erica Love BATH, ME
      • 4 months ago

      I have and/or have had issues with all three things.

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    • kiva wyandotte ROCHESTER, NY
      • 5 months ago

      i have several people over the years who have suffered greatly with self destructive patterns. They need support to remain stable and to gain insight into a bigger life. Does someone have to do something terrible to self and others before we intervene for them?

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    • Katherine Corley BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • 6 months ago

      My son died of suicide at age 22 during his last semester of college.

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    • Heru Craig ITHACA, NY
      • 6 months ago

      Mental health resources save (and drastically improve the quality of) lives. People should have access to them and know they shouldn't be ashamed for needing them.

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    • Diann Welsh HONESDALE, PA
      • 6 months ago

      I have know several how wee not able to cope with lifes pressures and followed through with the suicide. None were over the age of 21. Sexual assault and Domestic Violence are also terms that I hear often. It is so sad because so many feel there is no other way out of the situation and have no one to listen, or care about them.

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