Award-winning suicide prevention app helps people to deal with their mental health issues
A free suicide prevention app called ReliefLink, originally developed in 2013, is now available on Emory iTunes (Emory University, Atlanta, USA).
A team led by Nadine Kaslow, an Emory University School of Medicine psychologist, have developed the user-friendly mobile app. It was ultimately designed to provide support on daily basis for people with mental health issues and then continuous and follow-up checks for people at risk of suicide.
ReliefLink helps the user monitor their thoughts and moods, and helps them to develop coping skills for when needed. It also keeps track of medications and appointments, and provides an emergency button which notifies family members, doctors, mental health specialists and the police during a crisis.
Kaslow expressed her contentment and satisfaction of this app being made available to the Emory community and said it shows great promise serving as a tool in the treatment of severe depression. She stated, “It’s like having your practitioner on your shoulder making sure you’re doing okay and sticking to your wellness plan”.
Recent data from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that suicide is one of the top ten causes of death. Kaslow believes that this app, along with correct treatment, can help to reduce these numbers and save lives.
ReliefLink won first prize ($50,000) in the Suicide Prevention: Continuity of Care and Follow-up App Challenge sponsored by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration). This was presented to them at the White House in 2013.
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