TalkLife Launches #RealSelfie Campaign in Times Square

Social Network for Youth Mental Health Encourages you To Share Your #RealSelfie This World Suicide Prevention Day.


TalkLife, a social network supporting young people with their mental health is launching a new campaign to raise awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day on the 10th of September.

The #RealSelfie campaign is encouraging people to post a picture of themselves on social media that reflects some of the more difficult times they have gone through in their lives. Participants are shown holding up a piece of paper with a word on to express how they are really feeling.

To kick start the campaign TalkLife will be showcasing a series of  #RealSelfies on the Giant NASDAQ screen in Times Square Friday morning.

Social media rarely offers a real picture of what someone’s life is like and by opening up and sharing how we feel we can break down a lot of the stigma that comes with admitting that we’re not always ok.

Suicide is the number one killer of people aged 15-44 across the globe. The World Health Organisation estimated that approximately 1m people die by suicide each year, that’s one person every 40 seconds.

TalkLife is a free app to download in the app store and offers a safe place to share life’s ups and downs with people like you.

“Opening up about difficult feelings is really hard to do but we hope this campaign will support people to share a little bit of what’s going on behind the scenes for them and help people to see that they’re not alone.” Jamie Druitt, TalkLife CEO


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TalkLife is an online peer support network for young people to talk about the ups and downs of life. With 450K users globally TalkLife supports people to give and get support and to talk about their mental health.

TalkLife is free to download App in the iOS and Android stores.

TalkLife partners with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Microsoft Research and has developed a world-first platform using machine learning and human-in-the-loop computing to give trained professionals the ability to offer TalkLife users assistance and services, specific to their individual circumstances, in real time. TalkLife’s rich dataset was the foundation for this research with the aim to better understand, predict self-harm and create meaningful interventions.