Charity needs funds to launch UK's first suicide prevention app

Charity needs funds to launch UK's first suicide prevention app

Charity needs funds to launch UK's first suicide prevention app

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A CHARITY is set to launch the UK’s first suicide prevention app for smartphones and tablets.

Brighton-based Grassroots Suicide Prevention has been working with health trusts and digital companies to help develop the life-saving software.

The charity will launch the app on World Suicide Prevention Day next month alongside what is thought to be the world’s first suicide prevention tool for people with learning disabilities.

However, the charity is looking for another £50,000 to take the app to the next level, for example, to incorporate GPS location for support services.

It has been developing the app with the support of Sussex Partnership, Eastbourne-based digital company switchplane and a silent partner.

It is hoped the app, designed to be used by people considering suicide and people concerned about loved ones considering suicide, could be used by all UK mental health trusts.

Features include links to ten specialist support groups and charities, lists of reasons to live and a photograph album of loved ones.

Grassroots director Chris Brown said: “The time is right for this. There is a real gap in the market for this app which is customisable.

“For the first time, this app really does put a suicide prevention tool in ordinary people’s pockets.”

The charity has also developed a suicide prevention DVD for people with learning difficulties in partnership with Hove charity Speak Out.

Five hundred copies of the DVD are being given away locally and it is hoped that it will be made available online.

To help fund the app development or for information, visit prevent- suicide.org.uk/index.html

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8:43am Thu 21 Aug 14

Tr1stan says...

This is just fantastic! One more way to reach out for help should one need it. It's great to see charities keeping up with technology as well! Well done to them!
This is just fantastic! One more way to reach out for help should one need it. It's great to see charities keeping up with technology as well! Well done to them! Tr1stan
  • Score: 6

9:25am Thu 21 Aug 14

Caute3 says...

Best way to prevent suicides on the South Coast - build a big fence around Beachy Head - get rid of the crosses and other signs that send the signal 'kill yourself here, you're in good company' and stop romanticising suicide. Trouble is, there's no money in it and people like the horror of reading about another jumper. Another hypocritical feature of society.
Best way to prevent suicides on the South Coast - build a big fence around Beachy Head - get rid of the crosses and other signs that send the signal 'kill yourself here, you're in good company' and stop romanticising suicide. Trouble is, there's no money in it and people like the horror of reading about another jumper. Another hypocritical feature of society. Caute3
  • Score: 2

11:58am Thu 21 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Caute3 wrote:
Best way to prevent suicides on the South Coast - build a big fence around Beachy Head - get rid of the crosses and other signs that send the signal 'kill yourself here, you're in good company' and stop romanticising suicide. Trouble is, there's no money in it and people like the horror of reading about another jumper. Another hypocritical feature of society.
So let's wrap the entire country in bubble wrap.

Why should responsible people be denied access to Beachy Head just because a few people exercise their right to top themselves there?

To some people, killing themselves is the most successful they they ever do - why deny them that?
[quote][p][bold]Caute3[/bold] wrote: Best way to prevent suicides on the South Coast - build a big fence around Beachy Head - get rid of the crosses and other signs that send the signal 'kill yourself here, you're in good company' and stop romanticising suicide. Trouble is, there's no money in it and people like the horror of reading about another jumper. Another hypocritical feature of society.[/p][/quote]So let's wrap the entire country in bubble wrap. Why should responsible people be denied access to Beachy Head just because a few people exercise their right to top themselves there? To some people, killing themselves is the most successful they they ever do - why deny them that? notslimjim
  • Score: -2

12:54pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Cave Johnson says...

Unfortunately it wont be very effective. Genuine suicide risks wont use it. It will be mainly moody teens who seek attention rather than actual people with a problem.
Unfortunately it wont be very effective. Genuine suicide risks wont use it. It will be mainly moody teens who seek attention rather than actual people with a problem. Cave Johnson
  • Score: 0

5:19pm Thu 21 Aug 14

hove dweller says...

Actually people who are 'genuine suicide risks' have many reasons for living and research shows that people who attempted suicide and are still alive, have said that they did not want to die, they wanted their life to be better in some way. This app is great news for people who are thinking of suicide or worried about someone who might be. the truth is that people are scared to intervene with people who might be in distress, because they just don't know what to say. Grassroots is a charity who actually teaches regular people in society to be confident to do just that. more awareness is needed of the ability of everyday people to help out others, this app will be a great development. people will be able to find resources to help instantly. this charity needs funds to get it running so i urge you to consider donating the price of your daily coffee - you might save someones life.
Actually people who are 'genuine suicide risks' have many reasons for living and research shows that people who attempted suicide and are still alive, have said that they did not want to die, they wanted their life to be better in some way. This app is great news for people who are thinking of suicide or worried about someone who might be. the truth is that people are scared to intervene with people who might be in distress, because they just don't know what to say. Grassroots is a charity who actually teaches regular people in society to be confident to do just that. more awareness is needed of the ability of everyday people to help out others, this app will be a great development. people will be able to find resources to help instantly. this charity needs funds to get it running so i urge you to consider donating the price of your daily coffee - you might save someones life. hove dweller
  • Score: 1
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