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GoGuardian Announces Beacon, a Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention Tool for Schools


Developed With Experts in Suicidology, New Product Leverages Powerful
Machine Learning to Identify and Alert School Staff of Student
Intentions in Real Time to Help Save Lives

GoGuardian, a leading education technology SaaS provider, today
announced Beacon, a suicide and self-harm prevention tool for K-12
schools, that acts as an early-warning system to help schools
proactively identify at-risk students to quickly get them the assistance
they need.

By combining real-time scans and a proprietary machine-learning engine,
only GoGuardian is able to provide comprehensive, context-aware
analytics to intelligently assess the content students are creating and
interacting with online via web searches, social media, chat, forums,
email and online collaboration tools.

"Our mission is to put student potential and well-being at the center of
all of our technology. With advanced machine learning, we have supported
K-12 students in every aspect of their education, and now we are
extending these capabilities to help support students' mental health and
safety," said Advait Shinde, co-founder and CEO of GoGuardian. "In
working with 10,000 schools with more than 5.3 million students, we
learned how pervasive suicide and self-harm issues are affecting today's
youth, so we invested considerable time and resources to develop a
dedicated product built specifically for school mental health
professionals to get them the help they need."

Beacon was built in collaboration with suicide prevention experts,
including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the
American Association of Suicidology. It is the only tool able to assess,
monitor and alert based on what's actively happening across students'
PCs in real-time, providing schools with immediate and actionable
information. Beacon will be rolled out to K-12 schools in the upcoming
academic year.

Operating beyond simple keyword searches, Beacon is able to trigger
immediate alerts based on contextual content, such as "I can't do this
anymore," or "Do I need to swallow more pills if they are past their
expiration date?". Schools are able to tailor Beacon to complement their
existing suicide prevention protocols and notify the right staff so they
are equipped to take quick action. Beacon also provides round-the-clock
monitoring and the ability to automatically notify parents even outside
of school hours.

Beacon is being launched at a time when youth suicide has become a major
public health problem. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death
for ages 10-24, and a recent CDC study found that 20 percent of
school-aged children have considered suicide. And, since 2007, the rate
of death by suicide has increased 30 percent for boys age 15 – 19 and
has doubled for girls the same age. In response, schools are looking to
undertake more structured and comprehensive efforts to identify suicidal
thoughts and prevent suicidal behaviors.

"This is a complex, high-stakes issue and we have approached it very
seriously, spending months working alongside school officials, mental
health professionals, and suicide prevention leaders to build a product
tailored to the unique needs of schools," said Tyler Shaddix, co-founder
and Chief Product Officer at GoGuardian. "Beacon provides insights into
everyone who is at risk, including the ‘silent sufferers,' the
over-achieving AP students and the accomplished athletes who tend to
slip through the cracks."

About GoGuardian

GoGuardian has changed the way K-12 schools maximize the learning
potential of every student. Its products help educators identify
learning patterns, protect students from harmful and distracting
content, and support students who are at risk of self-harm and suicide.
With GoGuardian, educators can easily engage students with more
effective resources and communication. No other tool provides such
actionable insight into student needs which is why 10,000 schools and
120,000 educators choose GoGuardian to engage with and protect over 5
million students.

Learn more about GoGuardian's industry-defining learning analytics,
student engagement, and suicide and self-harm prevention products at

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