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Online chat created for Vancouver hailed as effective suicide prevention tool

News | 07/08/2005 4:00 am EDT

An innovative new chat application aimed at preventing teen suicide could be the recipient of a million dollars, which would be used to sell it internationally, and to bolster its limited use in the Vancouver area to a 24/7 operation. The chat application, used by Vancouver’s crisis centre, has garnered developer At Large Media a nomination for the prize money by VanCity, a local socially progressive bank. Emma Payne, a principal of At Large, tells Canadian NEW MEDIA that the application has helped the centre be more effective in reaching out to at risk youth than traditional telephone crisis lines. She adds that the firm and its partners hope to be able to offer it across North America to even smaller centres that may have little technological sophistication.

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