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Launch of suicide prevention app

Press release issued in partnership with the Suffolk User Forum

A potentially life-saving app has been launched in Suffolk following a major consultation process carried out by an influential mental health charity.

Working in partnership with NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust (NSFT), the Suffolk User Forum (SUF) launched the Stay Alive suicide prevention app to coincide with World Mental Health Day on Wednesday, October 10.

The app has been launched after more than 3,400 people across the county were consulted. A total of 95% of those consulted said they felt the app could be helpful to those who may be in crisis or feeling suicidal.

The downloadable tool has many helpful features including areas which can be adapted by the users to suit their personal needs.

Other features include:

  • Quick access to UK national crisis support helplines

  • Access to crisis services in Suffolk

  • A safety plan which 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

  • Suicide myth busting

  • Researched based reasons for living

  • Online support services and other helpful apps

  • Suicide bereavement resources

Funding for the app has been provided by a range of health organisations including NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and NSFT.

Jayne Stevens, SUF manager, said: "We are delighted to be able to launch this app to coincide with World Mental Health Day, which we are sure will be a great resource to people across Suffolk who may be feeling suicidal.

"Our consultation has shown there is a need for such an app in the county and we are extremely gratefully to all the service users who gave feedback and the organisations who funded the project which has made it possible for us to provide this invaluable facility. The app has been designed in such a way that other elements identified by our service users can be added in the future."

The app is available free of charge on the App store (iphone) and Google Play (for Android).