At Bark, we know first-hand just how urgent it is to offer support and guidance to help prevent suicide. The issue can seem difficult to grasp, but every statistic represents real people who need help:
In 2019, Bark detected more than 1,800 instances of imminent suicide.
In the first 8 months of 2020, Bark detected 35,000+ instances of severe self-harm and/or suicidal ideation.
As of August 31, Bark has alerted families to an average of 5 instances of imminent suicide every day this year.
"Thank you! I can't explain how grateful I am to Bark for the self-harm/suicide notification. My son googled the suicide prevention hotline number to give to a friend that was struggling. Because of Bark, it opened up a line of communication with him. We were able to talk through it and I could provide him with the tools to reach out and help his friend." — Bark Parent
Throughout the month of September, Bark is donating $10 to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for every new subscriber who becomes a paying user through our referral program. Bark monitors online activities and alerts parents and guardians to potential issues, including suicidal ideation, depression, self-harm, and more.
The following testimonials were submitted by parents and guardians who are subscribed to our monitoring service:
"Bark alerted me to my daughter's suicidal ideation letter in the Notes section on her phone. It was a letter ‘to her future self,’ which started with ‘mom and dad if you're reading this…’”
“You guys are incredible. Not only is this entire program/app a blessing, but this follow-up is very touching. You guys are the real deal. The Suicidal Content flag was in response to messages that were sent to my daughter by a friend who had broken up with her boyfriend. She was telling my daughter that he was saying these things... didn't want to live anymore, wanted to kill himself. While it wasn't my own child, it still alerted me to the situation that no other parents may have known about. Thanks to the Bark alert, I was able to stay in conversation with my daughter about her friends and know when to contact the other parents. Everyone is well! I will continue to stay tuned in to this situation. It's so important! I'm only aware of it thanks to Bark! I am grateful!”
“Bark saved my child twice, from a predator and from a subsequent suicide. Thank you!”
"Thank you so much for creating such a great app. The depression/suicide content came from my son’s friend. Because of the notification, my son and I were able to talk and then share our concerns with his friend’s parents. It has led to some good conversations with my children on how to handle when these things arise."
Risk Factors for Suicidal Ideation
Identification with LGBTQ+ or other marginalized communities
Histories of abuse, molestation, or neglect
Family situations that include violence, substance abuse, or divorce