Human Decency Social Experiment

Watch Our Social Experiment Here

On MarIMG_20150504_100521638 (1)ch 24, 2015 we conducted a social experiment. The goal of the experiment was to see if people would stop to help a person who was visibly upset or depressed. Our group set up the experiment in the Atrium at Thornton Academy near the end of the school day. The end result of the experiment was a little surprising. No one stopped to check in on the person in need. Does this highlight a troubling trend in society these days? What kind of consequences could this lead to if people don’t stop to help?

According to the Maine.go Suicide Prevention Site, from 2005-2009, there were 901 deaths by suicide in the Maine population. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for Maine residents, accounting for an average of 180 deaths annually. Of every 5 suicides, 4 are males.

By calling the statewide crisis hotline, 1-888-568-1112, you will access the appropriate crisis intervention agency in your area. Crisis service agencies offer professionals who have the skills, authority, and responsibility to formally assess the risk factors and level of care necessary. Treatable mental or emotional illness often underlies suicidal behavior. Treatment can work even if it has to be forced. Sometimes involuntary treatment may be necessary. It is important that each suicidal person, at the very least, has the opportunity to get help.

Suicide is preventable and doesn’t need to take any more lives.  All it takes is for people to stop and notice each other. Something as simple as asking how someone is doing can make all the difference.

Are you in need of help or do you  know of someone who may need help? If so click here for some amazing teen resources.




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