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PROJECT STETHOSCOPE will be an impact-oriented program focused on identifying the signs of depression and suicide in the online space, continuously learning from publicly available content and providing information resources to those struggling with suicidal thoughts and their loved ones.

Goal: Develop a learning algorithm that identifies at-risk individuals based on social behavior patterns, tracks the content they share and interact with over time and gathers insights around the stages that lead up to suicide attempts or completions.

Steps:

Continuous learning. The algorithm is meant to improve and develop over time, taking into account cultural nuances, generational influences and shifts in public conversations and opinions.

Information assets. Data analyzed in specific time frames are translated into publicly available content, shared via LIPF channels and amplified in collaboration with relevant sounding boards and interest groups

Calls to action. We commit to reaching out to individuals whose contact details are publicly available with the purpose of informing them of this initiative and inviting them to join an online environment dedicated to addressing their challenges. The next natural step would be to create a safe community moderated by experienced professionals and supported by project stakeholders. Ultimately, it aims to turn sufferers into advocates who not only support this cause but are also willing and eager to spread its impact further by taking ownership of the initiative and continuously developing its reach on a global level.

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

The Life is Priceless Foundation supports those (sufferers and caretakers) who are struggling or have struggled with major depression and suicide. While mental health has started to play a significant role in the public agenda, individuals still struggle to find ways to make a difference in this space.

Outside of making donations and supporting projects that are already in place, there is little room for grassroots initiatives or the development of impacting projects originating from the bottom up. Having experienced this reality first-hand, the LIPF launched the L.I.F.E. initiative in 2016 with the objective of creating a “Kickstarter for mental health.” Specifically, the initiative puts resources behind:

  • Empowering people with great ideas to take action in the  fight  against depression and suicide
  • Raising money to support the development of these ideas
  • Providing them with the right tools, soft and hard skills to implement these ideas

Project Stethoscope is a pilot initiative of L.I.F.E.

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OBJECTIVES:

Our primary objective is always to raise money to support partner organizations and new L.I.F.E. projects. Inspired by the 1-for-1 model, each project raises funds not only for its own completion, but also to support the germination of new initiatives, incentivizing anyone with a great idea and the motivation to bring it to life to get started.

As part of the Listen pillar of the L.I.F.E. initiative, Stethoscope focuses on detecting the signs of depression and suicidal intentions in online conversations and social chatter (primary goal), and to assess what types of events, behaviors or attitudes significantly drive individuals to attempt suicide overall (secondary goal).

To succeed, Stethoscope will require the support of different stakeholders willing to collaborate with one another. Consequently, it offers the opportunity for different types of organizations to profit from each other’s expertise and facilitate the development of ongoing partnerships.

CULTURAL TRUTH

Suicide is the 2nd ranking cause of death for individuals 15-24 years of age (Drapeau & McIntosh, 2015). The prevalence of suicidal thoughts, suicidal planning and suicide attempts is significantly higher among adults aged 18-29 than among adults aged 30+ (CDC). 89% of individuals aged 18-29 use social networking sites (Pew Research Center).

As part of the Listen pillar of the L.I.F.E. initiative, Stethoscope focuses on detecting the signs of depression and suicidal intentions in online conversations and social chatter (primary goal), and to assess what types of events, behaviors or attitudes significantly drive individuals to attempt suicide overall (secondary goal).

To succeed, Stethoscope will require the support of different stakeholders willing to collaborate with one another. Consequently, it offers the opportunity for different types of organizations to profit from each other’s expertise and facilitate the development of ongoing partnerships.