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Stay Alive app helping people in Kent and Medway

User AvatarPosted by Amanda Crawford at 24/01/2019 15:53:42

A groundbreaking suicide prevention app, Stay Alive, is now available for people in Kent and Medway. With lots of useful information and tools to help individuals stay safe in a crisis, Stay Alive can help both people who may be having thoughts of suicide and those concerned about someone else.

As well as useful advice on how to help people stay safe in the moment, crucially Stay Alive contains features which people can customise to help them at moments of crisis, such as:

  • a mini safety plan where they can note actions they will take and people they will call if they feel they cannot stay safe from suicide
  • a LifeBox to which they can upload photos from their phones, reminding them of their reasons to stay alive
  • details of people who can help if they are having thoughts of suicide, contactable direct from their device
  • a wellness plan to support recovery, with a place for positive thoughts, inspirations and ideas.

The app was put together by a charity, Grassroots Suicide Prevention, with input from young people and adults with mental health problems, and from mental health professionals. It is funded locally by the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) which has ensured it includes local information, including on Release the Pressure.

Lauretta Kavanagh, STP Mental Health Programme Director said: “We all know how important phones have become in modern life. This app will give local people who are having suicidal thoughts easy access to their personal safety plan and reasons to stay alive, round the clock and wherever they are. And so, it will help them to stay safe through difficult times or a moment of crisis.”

Professor Catherine Kinane, STP Clinical Lead for Mental Health, said: “Statistics show how suicide across the UK are a leading cause of death among young people aged between 20 and 34 and the highest suicide rate for the UK is for men aged between 45 and 49.  As one of the many projects we have established across the county to help prevent suicide and raise awareness, we hope this app will go towards helping our most vulnerable when they really need it. It is also an invaluable tool for anyone who is worried about a family member or a friend. Take a look and let us know what you think.”

West Kent resident Simon T Jones added "There is always another option - and the Stay Alive app gives helpful info, friendly and easy to follow suggestions to finding a brighter way."

The app is available from the Apple App Store and theAndroid Google Play