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Over one million people commit suicide every year. Even though the act of killing oneself has not been fully understood due to different risk factors which vary from one to another, regular monitoring has become possible by measures and scales for identifying different symptoms related to suicide ideation and behavior. Medical, Psychological treatments, Clinical management approaches such as creation of  Safety Plan and Hope Box have emerged as protective tools against suicide (Joiner, 2011) alongside technologically mediated sources like telephonic Hotline and Internet support group. Continue reading


It’s difficult to understand persons who are unable to find any reason to live beyond a certain age. While the number of suicide reach over one million people, suicidal people are at stake of being stigmatized by others with “Let it be” attitude to the extant that preventive measures will not affect their decisions.

Self-inflicted death is a complicated act of rage and despair which is not easily predictable. Yet this difficulty could not justify the common misconception since research by social scientists on suicide proves that it could be prevented.

This project will explore different possibilities for relationships between suicidal people and non-suicidal people by controlling the gap between the private experience of suicide and public perception of it through alternative prototypes. As a maker of products, concepts and systems, the underlying intent is to find ways to engage with the group of people with specific psychological needs and to determine whether a designer can contribute to a pressing societal issue.


CPR for Suicidal attempts

Over one million people commit suicide every year. It has become a social issue which is no longer restricted within the field of psychiatry and medicine. Technologically mediated sources such as Internet and mobile phone have emerged as new approaches alongside community interventions to this pressing problem. However, they are limited in solely providing consultations upon requests by people while falling short of identifying a suicidal behavior beforehand for which technological capacity is already available.

In digital world exist a personal collection of data–interactions, dialogues, self-expressions–containing information made by individuals. By making connections through the pieces of data of an individual, a specific pattern can emerge which could be used as source for predicting a suicide and preventing it.

Throughout this project, an alternative technological system will be designed suggesting novel processes of interactions in suicide prevention. The final design will not only shift focus to real-time support systems, but also seek for answers for what moves us and what we need in behavior change especially for suicide. It will provide experience offsetting the decision of a suicidal person by associating connections between unrelated concepts, for example, comparing the circumstances of terminally ill patients with that of suicidal people and experiment how systems can structure shared meanings among the people living life on the edge.

The following areas will be explored:
Explore the opportunities for user-centered approach in the issue of suicide

  • Design and specify user interfaces using participatory and iterative design techniques, including observational studies, interviews, usability testing with suicidal people

Transform social findings into a technological system

  • Identify systems, sub-systems, types of input, output, processes, mechanism and control in technological system
  • Inquire into the physical form of an output device in which possibilities could range from electronic objects and non-electronic objects to digital software

Create a feedback system focusing on behavior change

  • Study theories from graphic design and game design, experiment in messaging with emotional consolation and find ways to implant a sense of progression toward future
  • Amplify an effect of a message through careful curating by various types of curators

Form different communities through the system

  • Open different possibilities for relationship other than a closed one between a suicidal person and a psychiatrist by connecting survivors of suicide or terminally ill patients to suicidal people
  • Question how we could selectively utilize connectivity for story-telling in behavior change