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Code of life: algorithm designed to spot people at risk of suicide

Like the Covid-19 contagion that we are all facing now, data is critical to understanding outbreaks of suicide

Harry de Quetteville

Seven years ago, Matthew Steans was working in a high-rise building when he saw a figure atop the multistorey carpark opposite his office throw itself over the parapet.

Steans, a New Zealander now aged 33, was “going through a period of depression” himself, and today describes the incident as “a trigger for me to go and get some help”.

Once, after emerging from therapy, he found a series of missed calls on his phone. They were from a friend who had killed himself...

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