Summary: Mobile apps are augmenting conventional suicide prevention measures and resources. ArashHadipourNiktarash elucidates how the app is knitting lifelines, counseling and education.
In the US, suicide is the 10th leading reason behind deaths. There’s someone committing suicide every 14 minutes in the country. With suicide prevention apps, you can help thwart suicidal thoughts. People are expanding the reach to try save as many lives as they can.
- Jason Foundation’s A Friend Asks is for both iOS and Android. It’s a free app that seeks to teach users the art of recognizing signs and behavior that shows someone in their circle may be contemplating suicide. It helps in proactively reaching out to them.
- The app provides you with a nomenclature of common warning signs dealing with suicidal thoughts. It also gives you do’s and don’ts in such a sensitive and tricky situation.
- You also get seamless access to Federal resources.
- ASK and Prevent Suicide is another prominent mobile app to detect suicide ideation and prevent it. Mental Health of America, a Texas-based organization is spearheading this project.
- It enlists warning signs that an individual might see before committing suicide.
- It also gives practical advice regarding ASK intervention. Additionally, the application entails crucial links to a fast dial function for the much important National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
A descriptive analysis by ArashHadipourNiktarash
There are studies that descriptively assess mobile apps to for suicide prevention. They help in determining pivotal factors to develop and design the methods. Additionally, the apps can analyze the impact on the basic support of patient treatment and suicide risk.
- Out of the 20 odd mobile applications, you don’t find a few featuring in app stores.
- If you analyze the remaining ones, you will that most of them are in English.
- The majority of the sampled applications had 2018 updates. While the developers updated only 45%, the progressive and constant update of therapies are still in the apps. You can see the new procedures reflecting in the systems.
More on the apps by ArashHadipourNiktarash
ArashHadipourNiktarash underlines suicide as the major cause of death among US citizens. It takes over 46,000 lives annually.
- MY3 is a very prominent app. They have designed it for helping people stay safe and sound while garnering suicidal thoughts. It’s a free app and you can customize it as per your safety plan.
- It helps you note warning signs, enumerates coping skills and methods, and connects you to beneficial resources for reaching out to people who need them urgently.
- You have a button at your fingertips, which directly loops you with 24/7 helpline.
- There are qualified counselors and doctors from the NSPL and 911 cell. In addition to this, you can choose at least three people in the contact list.
- Not Ok is another fee app that caters to the struggling and confused teenager.
You can activate the red button in the app to get closer to your family and friends, or stay in touch with your support network.