Thanks to a new update, Siri will now offer a more helpful response when suicide references are made. Before now, Siri would provide users with the contact information for the suicide prevention hotline. Now Siri will actually offer to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the user just needs to hit yes to be connected.

This change is seen in both iOS 6 and the upcoming iOS 7. Hopefully this will change will be able to prevent potential suicides in the future.

Over one million people die by suicide every year worldwide with the global suicide rate at 16 per 100,000 population. In the past 45 years, global suicide rates have increased by 60% and, on average, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world.

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