It’s World Suicide Prevention Day on Friday 10 September, and people in Knowsley are being encouraged to download the Stay Alive app which could help save the life of someone in suicidal crisis.
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.
Stay Alive, which is available free on iOS and Android devices, provides accessible suicide prevention support including a safety plan and LifeBox where people can upload images or videos that remind them of their reasons to stay alive.
Developed by charity Grassroots the app has several key features including:
- Information on how to access 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 ‘life box’ which allows a user to upload photos from their phone to remind them of reasons to stay alive;
- Fact-based reasons for staying alive;
- Strategies for staying safe from suicide
- Supporter resources for when you are supporting someone who is suicidal
- Suicide myth-busting
The NO MORE Suicide website also offers clear and immediate support options for those who may be in suicidal crisis, or people who are concerned someone else may be considering suicide.
Cllr Christine Bannon, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health, said:
“The Stay Alive app could help save the life of someone in suicidal crisis, so please download it on to your phone.
“It is vital for those people who are suffering to know that there are services and tools available that can help. The StayAlive app is one such tool which is free and easy to use if you are suffering with suicidal thoughts.”
In addition to the Stay Alive app and NO MORE Suicide website, 24/7 help and support is available. If you are in mental health crisis and you need urgent help, please call the NHS Mental Health crisis line on 0800 051 1508. NHS staff will then support you to get the help you need. – Available for people of all ages, including children and young people, available 24/7.
- Samaritans– a national registered charity with local branches, available around the clock. Freephone: 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.
- Young Minds Parents Helpline offers free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25. Lines are open Lines are open 9.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday 0808 802 5544 (free for mobiles and landlines). YoungMinds website also has a range of support and guidance for parents who maybe worried about their child.
- 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.
- Knowsley CAMHS Services is a referral service for children and young people in Knowsley whose emotional, behavioural or mental health issues are causing them problems in their school, family or social life. If you are worried about your child make an appointment to speak to your GP.
- Listening Ear provide a range of emotional and psychological therapies and support services for children, young people and adults visit the Listening Ear website.
- The Silver line is a helpline which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year for anyone aged 55 and over. It is free to call on 0800 4 70 80 90 from a mobile or landline.
- CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably– a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 or visit the CALM website
- AMPARO– support after suicide – offering advice and support around suicide prevention as well as support to adults, children and young people affecting by suicide. Find out more by calling 0330 088 9255, emailing email@example.com, visit the website at listening-ear.co.uk/amparo or follow on Twitter @AMPARO_LEM
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the website at https://uksobs.org/or follow on Twitter @SOBSCharity.