Entrepreneur of Excellence Award
Days after Josh Hendy took his own life aged just 21, his devastated sister Alice found searches on his laptop for ways to end his own life – and websites that advised on how to do so. In response, Alice created a tool called R;pple in his memory and has since formed a team to spearhead suicide prevention through her online interceptive tool. R;pple appears on a user’s device once they have been flagged as searching for online content relating to self-harm or suicide. R;pple intercepts the user and provides a message of hope as well as a selection of 24/7, free mental health support resources in a range of different options (call, text, webchat, apps). Through this pioneering and innovative tool, Alice has saved countless lives, is leading the way in the mental health space and is helping thousands of people gain the mental health support they need at their most vulnerable point.