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World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 sees release of updated Stay Alive app

by Sandra Issar

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day (on Thursday 10 September) people in Knowsley are being urged to download the Stay Alive app which could help save the life of someone in suicidal crisis.

The app, developed by charity Grassroots, is a pocket-sized suicide prevention resource which gives people the tools to start a conversation about mental health. The app is designed to help both those who are having suicidal thoughts and those who are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

The Stay Alive app, which is available free on iOS and Android devices, has been updated with changes to services in Knowsley following the Coronavirus pandemic.

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
  • Supporter resources for when you are supporting someone who is suicidal
  • Suicide myth-busting

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

 “The 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.”

NO MORE Suicide

World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 also marks five years since the launch of the NO MORE Suicide strategy across Cheshire & Merseyside and there have been many successes and steps forward in the work to ensure all can remain safe from suicide.

The NO MORE Suicide Partnership Board brings together representatives from sectors including emergency services, suicide prevention charities, mental health trusts, HM prisons, public health and more. Through the Board’s effective collaborative working, Cheshire & Merseyside has rolled out extensive measures to prevent suicide, ensure safer care within health and care services and provide support after suicide.

Earlier this year Cheshire & Merseyside had confirmation that they had received the Suicide Safer Communities Award from Living Works in Canada – becoming the first region in the UK to receive the award.

Further support

In addition to the Stay Alive app, 24/7 help and support is available across Cheshire & Merseyside to help people struggling with their mental health. The helpline number –   0800 051 1508 – is for adults, children and young people.

Samaritans – A safe place to talk 24 hours a day about whatever is troubling you Call 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.

Papyrus – For Children and Young people under 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide or anyone concerned that a young
Call 0800 068 41 41 www.papyrus-uk.org

Amparo – Support for anyone affected by a suicide.Call 0300 088 9255 or visit https://listening-ear.co.uk/amparo/

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 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.