Connecting hurting people with hopeful results in the digital age
Thousands of people are Googling hopeless phrases like “how to kill yourself”, “how to get a divorce”, “how to find a drug dealer”, or “how to rape” each month. What is Google saying?
The results that come up are staggering: “7 painless ways to kill yourself”, “How to find a drug dealer when you’re new in town”, ‘instructional’ YouTube videos. In their search, hurting people are met with hopeless results
We need to enter the conversation. By building websites with truthful, helpful, and hopeful content, we strive to give people another option.
We’re living in the digital age, where we can reach people whom we never could before. That’s why Searching4Hope is here. Our goal is to engage digitally with those hurting in our culture and turning to Google for their answers.
At FaithTech, we are passionate about pioneering new ways to share the good news in an era driven by technology. Searching4Hope is a project of FaithTech LABS, where we put our faith into action, creating Kingdom-minded solutions for real world problems. If you’d like to support this project, and others like it, visit here.
Suicide Prevention with HowToKillYourself.org
It started with a number: 6,000. The number of times the phrase “how to kill yourself” is Googled every month in Canada. One of the top results is “7 painless ways to kill yourself.” When that reality was shared at a FaithTech Hackathon, a team of people with a desire to change that came together to do something. That weekend they worked to create a live website linked to helpful resources.
Within months of the website’s release, one of the team members discovered that, during a time of darkness, a friend had been searching for “how to kill yourself”. Through her search, this friend came to HowToKillYourself.org, with the message of “You’re not alone.” The hope she found helped her get through the night.