A UK based charity launches a suicide prevention app
- 22 Aug
A UK based charity is set to launch a suicide prevention app, the first of its kind.
Brighton-based Grassroots Suicide Prevention is looking to launch the UK's first suicide prevention app for tablets and smartphones.
Grassroots Suicide Prevention (formerly Grassroots Training C.I.C), is a small charity based in Brighton, UK. Established in 2006, they provide mental health and suicide prevention training courses and expertise to both large and small organisations in the South East England region.
Grassroots Suicide Prevention has been working with health trusts and digital companies to help develop the life-saving software. The charity will launch the app on Wedensday 10th September, which is World Suicide Prevention Day, alongside what is thought to be the world's first suicide prevention tool for people with learning disabilities.
However, in order to incorporate GPS locations for support services, the charity is looking for funding of £50,000 to develop the app further.
An article in The Argus has reported the following:
It is hoped the app, designed to be used by people considering suicide and people concerned about loved ones considering suicide, could be used by all UK mental health trusts.
Features include links to ten specialist support groups and charities, lists of reasons to live and a photograph album of loved ones.
Grassroots director Chris Brown said:
"The time is right for this. There is a real gap in the market for this app which is customisable. For the first time, this app really does put a suicide prevention tool in ordinary people's pockets."
The charity has also developed a suicide prevention DVD for people with learning difficulties in partnership with Hove charity Speak Out.
Five hundred copies of the DVD are being given away locally and it is hoped that it will be made available online.
Please visit http://prevent-suicide.org.uk/ for more information.
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