App offers suicide prevention help and support in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire

A new app will offer suicide prevention information, help and support to people in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

The Stay Alive app , which is the UK’s first suicide prevention app, was created by Grassroots Suicide Prevention, and will now be available in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire after it was licensed to 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.

Sally Ashton, Clinical Continuous Improvement Lead for the Trust, explained why the Trust was licensing the app: “We’re very pleased to be licensing Stay Alive for people in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

“The app has received excellent feedback in the areas it has already been used, and we believe it offers and excellent source of advice and information for people who may have thoughts of suicide, and those who support and care for them.

“The content is completely free and is available online and offline, so is always there for the user, whenever they are feeling vulnerable. “

Among the app content is:

  • Quick access to UK national crisis support helplines
  • Quick access to local crisis services in Brighton & Hove and Sussex (additional local/regional crisis services will be added as other mental health trusts/public health departments buy a license for the app – see below)
  • A mini-safety plan that can be filled out by a person considering suicide
  • 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
  • Online support services and other helpful apps
  • Suicide bereavement resources

The app can be accessed through the Apple Store, Google Play and downloaded as a pdf.