Feeling suicidal? Don’t do it, Siri can call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for you

By , Jun 18, 2013

Siri (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)

Sometimes, one just feels like life isn’t worth living anymore. Maybe you’ve been trying too hard for too long or life hasn’t been treating you fairly?

Perhaps love of your life has suddenly dumped you? Or, it could be the economy. Whatever the reason, far too many people are having suicidal thoughts these days.

And who could blame them – we’re living in a time when the entire world is increasingly becoming a Prozac nation. When desperation sets in, suicide prevention centers step in to save lives. But those considering committing suicide are often way too depressed to even seek professional help on their own.

Apple feels their pain, too. In a recent server-side update, the company’s digital assistant has gained ability to help individuals in suicidal crisis reach out to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by automatically placing that potentially life-saving phone call for you…

Previously, Siri would simply list the nearby suicide prevention centers rather than actually call one.

On devices incapable of placing phone calls over cellular networks, such as iPads and iPod touches, Siri still reads off the NSPL phone number. But instead of offering to call one, it will search the web for any suicide prevention center in your vicinity.

According to multiple reports, the change is observed on devices running iOS 6 or iOS 7.

Each year, about a million people commit suicide globally, with nearly 40,000 suicides in the United States alone. Whatever help Apple can offer to the individuals thinking about committing suicide out of despair is more than welcome.

iOS 7 (Siri, Flashlight)

When Apple lets iOS 7 out of the gate come this Fall, Siri will be able to do lots more things, like change your settings, toggle your iPhone’s flashlight, search Google or Bing and read out Twitter and Wikipedia content, to name just a few.

Oh, if you’re feeling kinda nothing, this rock balad may help.

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  • Aaron de Silva

    Somehow, I find it harder to make a call through Siri in iOS 7 compared to iOS 6.

    • Yash Gorana

      Beta. Beta. Beta. Beta. Beta. Beta. Beta. Beta.

      • Aaron de Silva

        Yea.. I know.

      • Yash Gorana

        One more reason behind this is that, Apple uses Nuance speech recog. It’s not soooo good.

  • Bennett Newsome

    would love to see Philips Hue integration without using a siriproxy

  • Om

    Dayum, Siri! You’re waaaaay smarter than your voice recognition frenemies on other OSs. :D

  • disqus_DZh60YiTv0

    Siri not available.

  • JoshuaHulgan

    As someone who had a loved one commit suicide recently, I appreciate this inclusion to Siri.
    It may not prevent tragedies but the fact that Apple thought enough to include it as a response to seek out help is a big + in my book.

  • Andre Esteves

    just thinking… would someone tell Siri bout their suicidal tendencies?

  • Bing Beta

    imagine a foxconn worker turning on a iphone and telling it that its going to commit suicide

    “Siri Not Avalible Connect To the internet”

  • Tsavo Walker

    Pretty sure Siri is the last person I would talk to if I was having thoughts of suicide…

    • Arya Kalashi

      When everyone left you, turned their backs, who are you going to then?

      • Tsavo Walker

        Not Siri, I think that it is a good idea for apple has included this feature. I do not think it is very practical though.

      • Arya Kalashi

        Would be nice If you could talk to Siri, but it only says that you can talk to NSPL

      • Tsavo Walker

        Siri’s AI is very far from being able to keep up a conversation.

  • milksop held

    Wow that last Siri flash light toggle picture ‘lightened’ the mood a bit

    • Tsavo Walker

      AWWWW YEEEEEEEH

  • Ricky

    Siri on ios 6 can do it also…. Not the flashlight part though

  • Roland Adi Nugraha

    telling siri he is going to kill himself, Siri not available, connect to the internet… (Bad luck Brian)

  • Past0rB

    I know folks don’t come here seeking spiritual counsel, but in light of this article I can’t help but offer hope. In my own life I’ve found new hope and reasons for living as I’ve recalled what Christ did for me. He loved/loves me so much He died to bring me forgiveness for my sins and He stands ready to offer me abundant life if ill trust Him to guide me (John 10:10). My prayers go out to any considering taking their life. Stop. Get help. Live.

    • Bob

      lol

  • F*** dan

    I hope people don’t kill themselves before ios 7 comes out.