Perhaps a small (but important) recent change to Siri’s built-in response engine, is that the assistant will now immediately aim to offer both help and advice to those who are thinking of taking their own life.
In the screenshot above, we see a potential suicide victim alert Siri, (and thus, Apple’s servers), that they are possibly about to take their own life. In response to this act of potential emergency, Siri now responds:
“If you are thinking about suicide, you may want to speak with someone at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They’re at +1-800-273-8255. Shall I call them for you?”
Siri then offers up visual tap regions for “Yes” and “No,” with Apple notably choosing to put the option “No” first, perhaps to ensure that the potential victim does not feel that he (or she) are in any way being pushed into calling the service.
While some users out there are reporting that this Siri behaviour is not exclusive to iOS 7, (and in fact works with older versions of Apple’s mobile operating system), we consider it an extremely important addition to iOS, and a great prevention tool in the ongoing efforts to prevent suicide.