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Stay Alive app launched to help people in crisis

by Laura Johnston

Knowsley Council, Champs Public Health Collaborative and the Cheshire and Merseyside NO MORE Suicide Partnership Board have launched an app that supports people in crisis and at risk of suicide.

Developed by charity Grassroots, the Stay Alive app for Cheshire and Merseyside, launches on the same day as ‘Time to Talk’ on Thursday, 7 February, which encourages people to talk about mental health issues.

People can use the app if they are having suicidal thoughts or if they are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app is not a substitute for professional services but provides individuals with a tool to be able to support themselves.  Key features include:

  • Finding help from local crisis services in the Cheshire and 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 free app is available for iOS and Android devices.

The Stay Alive app is universally available, however it will be targeted at population groups identified by local intelligence that are more at risk of suicide and those more difficult to engage in traditional services, such as men.  It gives self-management support for those who are vulnerable to, experiencing or recovering from a crisis.

Lead Director of Public Health for Suicide Prevention in Cheshire & Merseyside and Chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside NO MORE Suicide Partnership Board Sue Forster said “I am pleased to see the launch of this important resource.  Our vision as a Board is for Cheshire and Merseyside to be a region where suicide is eliminated, which supports people at a time of personal crisis and builds individual and community resilience for improved lives. This app will go some way towards helping us achieve that vision.”

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, added “With more and more people using smart phones and tablets, this is a great way to target people who wouldn’t ordinarily seek help through other means. This app will give people the information they need at the time they need it and support them to take steps to look after themselves.”

Useful Support Services:

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

Samaritans – a national registered charity with local branches. They are available around the clock to help anyone on 116 123 (free) or visit www.samaritans.org

PAPYRUS (Prevention of young suicide) – As a national charity, we work towards building a society which speaks openly about suicide and has the resources to help young people who may have suicidal thoughts. Telephone 0800 068 41 41 or visit www.papyrus-uk.org

CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably. A registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. CALM phoneline and webchat is available 365 days, 5pm-12am 0800 58 58 58 or visit www.thecalmzone.net

State of Mind – charity that harnesses the power of sport to promote positive mental health among sportsmen and women, fans and wider communities. Visit www.stateofmindsport.org

IF IMMEDIATE HELP IS REQUIRED, CALL NHS 111 OR 999 IN AN EMERGENCY

If you have been bereaved by suicide contact the following support services:

AMPARO – This service aims to alleviate the distress of those bereaved or affected by suicide. Telephone 0330 088 9255 or visit www.listening-ear.co.uk

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide – exists to meet the needs and break the isolation experienced by those bereaved by suicide. Telephone 0300 111 5065 or visit www.uksobs.org

The Hub of Hope – An online resource, provided by Chasing the Stigma, developed to support individuals with mental health issues and to signpost them to local services. Users undertake a postcode search to find out what support services are available locally – visit www.hubofhope.co.uk