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A game that makes teens feel less alone, preventing suicides

A game that makes teens feel less alone, preventing suicides | Geek Therapy |

High School Story is an exercise in empathy for players. As players interact with the seemingly stereotypical characters, they learn things about them that break down those stereotypes.


 Ever since the launch of the cyber bullying update to the game, many players have reached out to the studio with their own stories of suicide attempts, and how the game gave them hope and made them feel less alone.

BWyts's curator insight, May 9, 2014 8:00 AM

un jeu gratuit, qui se fonde sur la communauté (Forum, Facebook, mobile devices...). J'apprécie le principe et l'éthique!

Michael Borell's curator insight, May 15, 2014 6:43 AM

Highly agree our society needs to bring teen suicides down and if we can do it with games I am a full supporter of this new concept.

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Social Media Project Monitors Keywords to Prevent Suicide

Social Media Project Monitors Keywords to Prevent Suicide | Geek Therapy |

A Boston-based project is using predictive analysis technology to comb through social media posts in hopes of preventing suicide.


The opt-in Durkheim Project combines search technology with predictive analysis to estimate the suicide risk of an individual based on what he or she is posting on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Already in collaboration with Facebook, the Durkheim Project is currently gathering social media data from participating active duty military members and veterans.

Maxx Johnson's curator insight, September 18, 2013 12:03 AM

Still good...

robyns tut's curator insight, October 15, 2013 8:02 AM

This could be really helpful in preventing future incidents of suicide due to cyberbullying or other causes. If the project has success among the US army veterans, we could see it being implimented worldwide.


Deandra Covington's curator insight, June 28, 2014 9:09 PM

This is probably the neatest way to utilize social media to benefit our troops. The Durkhein Project is testing for mental illnesses by analyzing social media communication. Many people with mental illness want to be heard, but that doesn't mean they will just come out and say it or try to get the help they need. By finding key words or phrases, we may be able to eventually find who has PTSD or who is contemplating suicide.

While they have built a complete science around this, my only concern is that they might pinpoint the wrong people every once in a while. If they do, and their command is notified, could it affect their career? I suppose this is dependent on how they decide to deal with alerts if this is implemented. I think it is important to maintain that clinical intervention would be necessary first and only allow the member's command in if it is verified that the person is suicidal. 

With that said, I give tremendous kudos to this project. People that have a mental illness usually try to let people know they need help in some way or another. The Durkhein Project can help us better able to pinpoint these signs. 

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Video games take bold step against youth suicide

Video games take bold step against youth suicide | Geek Therapy |

There’s a word you’ll never hear in a new program to help children cope with troubling emotions: Suicide.


The interactive story — in his travels, a space explorer finds creatures dealing with differing emotions — will be accessible to many children on About Kids Health, the Sick Kids website for families and patients.


Emerging research shows that kids do learn and can change behaviour from technology such as videos, says psychologist Patrick McGrath.

robyns tut's curator insight, October 22, 2013 10:14 AM

Clever invension but I don't think many children will be interested in playing this compared to other popular games such as GTA 5 and many other violent games. - sara

Nolan foote's curator insight, November 12, 2013 1:01 PM

wow kids from ages 5-14 are  committing Suicide behavior from these vidoe games. The games that I used to play were call of duty and these games mess with your head. There as a boy who played call of duty and  in The game when u kill someone they come back to life and he thought that his parents would  come  back to life. And he had shoot them  and they did not come back to life. So whoever play these games stop playing them they mess with you.

robyns tut's curator insight, November 25, 2013 10:03 AM

understanding from oneself and from ones family is defininitely a huge step toward acceptance or cure. If this program gets far I believe that it would be an amazing journey to better well- being for many-Justine Pearce