Life today in the current economic conditions might leave a lot of people giving up hope of ever reaching a state of normality. Thatâ€™s most likely why the number of people contemplating suicide has increased in the last few years. With such worrying statistics available, Apple has decided to release a much needed update for the iOS which might eventually end up saving your life.
Until recently Siri wasnâ€™t equipped to handle your depression. If you said out loud â€œI want to kill myselfâ€ the virtual assistant wouldnâ€™t be much of a help to you, because it would just search the web in response to your claim. Even worse, if you would have been more specific like saying â€œI want to drink poisonâ€ it would have searched for the nearest chemical shop.
Now, however, when â€œhearingâ€ your claims, Siri will advise you to get some immediate help by saying: â€œIf you are thinking about suicide, you may want to speak with someone at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.â€ The assistant will then proceed to actually call the number if you give your OK. In case you fail to say anything for a short period of time, good old Siri will automatically list near-by centers you can get help from immediately
John Draper, director of National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network, applauded Appleâ€™s efforts in trying to help depressed individuals:
"They were extremely excited and interested in helping, and they were very thorough about best approaches. We talked with a number of our national advisers and they advised us on key words that could better identify if a person was suicidal so it could then offer the Lifeline number."
Source: ABC News