September 24, 2020
Helpline search speeded up
A charity which picks up signs of distress on social media has come up with a new tool to help people find the right help in a crisis.
Live For Tomorrow scans public social data for indications of suicide or other problems and can reach out via direct message to offer confidential support from trained crisis councillors.
Founder Elliot Taylor says so far it has helped young people in more than 50 countries.
In the process it saw how difficult it was using search engines to find the many helplines that exist, including kaupapa Māori lines, so it added a Find A Helpline database to its livefortomorrow.co website.
"You might be experiencing anxiety or you might be experiencing family or sexual violence and you think I need specific support, I want it to be confidential and anonymous, and in a couple of clicks you can find that support. It may be a service that's available to everyone around Aotearoa, or it might be a service that's available in your specific region which means you can then connect into other services," Mr Taylor says.
Because of the international nature of the site, other helplines around the world are being added.
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