Google- stop assisting suicide

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In the early hours of May 1 2020, my 19 year old nephew, Keelian, died by suicide. His phone's Google search history showed that in the hours leading up to his death he googled how to tie a noose. We didn't even know he was suicidal. I went online to try to better understand why he chose the method he did. What I found shocked me.

Apart from two Lifeline ads at the top of the page, the instructions for making a functioning noose are readily available, a 10 year old could do it.
There are many different types of knots used for many different tasks, and they have many different names. I would like the terms 'noose' 'hangman's noose' and 'slip knot' removed from Google search results. It took me 20 minutes of googling who to direct this petition to, and only seconds to find step by step instructions on how to tie a noose. It's not good enough.

Sometimes, minutes can be life or death and I believe an extra half hour could have saved Keelian's life. Imagine how many people could be helped, and saved, if Google organised search results in a way that stalled people, helped them to rewind and reset.

I'm asking Google to organise information so that every search containing the word "noose", "slip knot"and pro-suicide keywords returns ONLY to sources of help, with mutliple organisations provided.

Ideally, I hope that one day these organisations will receive enough funding to receive alerts and provide an immediate call back service to people in need.

Google has an ethical obligation to help make the internet a safer place for everyone.

Please sign and share this petition - if enough of us take that few seconds, we will help Google to save lives.

Thanks and love,

Camilla

 

If you need help, please call:

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

beyondblue: 1300 22 4636

MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78


Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 (24/7 crisis support)

headspace: 1800 650 890