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New app helping to save people from suicide

by Gemma Melling

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day (on Tuesday 10 September) Knowsley residents are being encouraged to download a new app that could help save the life of someone in suicidal crisis.

The Stay Alive app, which was developed by charity Grassroots, is designed to help both those who are having suicidal thoughts and those who are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

As part of the Cheshire & Merseyside wide NO MORE Suicide strategy a local version of the app has been developed which signposts to organisations within the sub-region, including across Knowsley.

The app has several key features including:

•              Finding help from local crisis services in the Cheshire & Merseyside area

•              Quick access to UK national crisis support helplines

•              A safety plan that can be filled out and used if a person is in a crisis and needs to keep safe

•              A LifeBox to which the user can upload photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive

•              Strategies for staying safe from suicide

•              How to help a person thinking about suicide

•              Suicide myth-busting

•              Research-based reasons for living

•              Suicide bereavement resources

The Stay Alive app is free and available to download for iOS and Android devices. Simply search for ‘Stay Alive’ in your preferred app store.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “This year’s theme for World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘Working Together’, a useful reminder that by asking someone if they need help you could save a life.

“The new app gives you the tools to start a conversation which could help to save someone’s life from suicide. I would encourage everyone to download it so that if you do come across someone who needs help you have the app at hand to help you.”

Other useful sources of information and support

If someone is still feeling low after your conversation, and if they may be struggling to cope, the following sources of help may be useful.

For those who need help or are worried about someone else, support can be found via the following services:

Samaritans – a national registered charity with local branches, available around the clock. Freephone: 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.

CALM – Campaign against Living Miserably – a national charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 or visit the CALM website.

Papyrus – a national charity to help young people who may have suicidal thoughts. Contact them on freephone 0800 068 41 41 or visit the Papyrus website.

AMPARO – support for anyone affected by suicide. Find out more by calling 0330 088 9255, emailing referrals@listening-ear.co.uk, visit the Listening Ear website or follow on Twitter.

SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) – meeting the needs and overcoming the isolation experienced by people over the age of 18 who have been bereaved by suicide. Find out more by calling 0300 111 5065, emailing support@hotmail.com, visit the SOBS website or follow on Twitter.

Knowsley CAMHS Services offers advice and support for people aged up to 18 and can help with lots of problems or worries such as if you’re feeling depressed, not enjoying food, feeling panicked or scared, having trouble concentrating, or having problems with your family life. Find out more by calling 0151 489 6137.

Kooth provides online and face to face counselling, information, advice and support for young people in secondary schools. Find out more on Kooth’s website.

Think Wellbeing Knowsley offers support to Knowsley residents with common mental health problems such as anxiety or depression, helping them to change the way they feel by changing the way they think.  A number of online and face-to-face options are available and you can find out more by visiting the Think Wellbeing website.