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. 

In the days following Keelian's death, I felt compelled to see the Google results for myself.  From my google account that I share with my own a sons, an account that is registered as a child's account, I typed the keywords into my google search bar. Within seconds, I had access to instructional tutorials on how to tie a noose.

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. 

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 stop and reset.

I'm asking Google to organise information so that every search containing pro-suicide keywords return ONLY to sources of help, with mutliple organisations provided.  A pop up questionnaire requesting age, email address, next of kin, and questions relating to current mental health status could be enough to reset a suicidal person's thinking.

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