Free mobile app aims to combat suicide in Hertfordshire
A life-saving App called "Stay Alive" designed to help people stay mentally well has been launched in Hertfordshire.
Its aim is to help people in times of crisis to feel that suicide is not their only option and has details of emergency or support services in the county.
The team behind Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust's (HPFT) Spot the Signs and Save a Life campaign hosted a launch event earlier this month attended by representatives from the Hertfordshire Suicide Prevention Network and other organisations.
According to Office of National Statistics in 2017, the highest suicide rate in the UK was for men aged 45-49. The Hertfordshire Suicide Audit 2015/16 identified a total of 56 deaths by suicide in Hertfordshire and 50% of those who took their own lives were by people who had not accessed mental health services.
HPFT's chief executive Tom Cahill said: "Every suicide is devastating for the vulnerable person, as well as their family, friends and colleagues. Pooling our ideas and working together to help prevent suicides happening and to raise awareness is the best way forward.
"We're keen to use digital technology to help us to reach the vast numbers of people who primarily use their phones to find information. The Stay Alive App is for anyone who experiences suicidal thoughts, as well as those who might be worried about somebody else. Helping spread the word and encouraging people to download and start using this App could save somebody's life."
The Stay Alive App was developed by Grassroots charity and can be downloaded free from http://bit.ly/StayAliveHerts
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