case study

One Life

AI project for detecting and preventing suicidal tendencies on social media

Suicide Prevention
1 December 2023
reading time: 2 minutes

Project Information

Developing a safety net for social platforms by detecting suicidal tendencies in online posts and offering people in need a caring intervention with relevant resources.


More than 700,000 people die by suicide every year, according to the WHO. Suicide is a major problem among young people. As the CDC indicates, youth and young adults ages 10–24 account for 15% of all suicides. Among young adults aged 20-24, the suicide rate was 12.5% per 100,000 people in 2000. In 2017, the number rose to 17.5% per 100,000.

Our goal is to reach everyone in need in real-time with a network of support including free and reliable resources. We connect those most vulnerable with real human beings who care and are there to listen and de-escalate the crisis.


One Life uses artificial intelligence developed by Samurai Labs to detect suicidal messages on online platforms and redirect the person in crisis to organizations offering verified, free, and anonymous help around the world. The interventions, designed together with a team of psychologists, clinical therapists, and suicidologists, are intended to constitute a link between people in crisis and specialists.
Using artificial intelligence, a database of places, helplines, and self-help materials selected by experts, a support network is created to reach those who were previously unable to be reached on such a scale. One Life gives support before it’s too late.
So far we have reached and supported more than 25,000 people in crisis on Reddit.

To find out more visit One Life website here.
To read Time magazine article “AI Is Turning Social Media Into the Next Frontier for Suicide Prevention” visit this link

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