Helpful Tools and Tech for Suicide Prevention
Thanks to advances in technology, we have more ways to help prevent people from taking their own lives.
Here are some suicide prevention tech and tools you should know about:
Smartphone apps for suicide prevention have come a long way. Many are now customizable to meet the unique needs of high-risk individuals and can offer guidance and support for loved ones, as well. Beyond providing a lifeline, the apps may also provide tools and resources for coping and averting crisis.
ASK & Prevent Suicide
The ASK About Suicide to Save a Life app provides helpful educational and crisis intervention resources for suicide prevention. The app is being used in more than 80 countries and developed based on ASK suicide prevention best practices and training program principles.
Lifebuoy: Suicide Prevention
Developed by mental health experts, LifeBuoy is an interactive mobile app that aims to help young people struggling with suicidal thoughts. The app helps high-risk users identify warning signs and promotes help-seeking behavior.
The Safety Plan can be customized based on your own warning signs if you sense that a crisis may be developing. The app aims to help those cope and deal with their suicidal urges and promotes looking for distractions, safe environments, and reasons for living.
Suicide Safe by SAMHSA
Suicide Safe is a suicide prevention learning tool for caregivers and behavioral health providers. The app equips providers with the tools and resources to assist high-risk individuals. It provides tips on communicating with patients and their families effectively and makes treatment recommendations.
Virtual Hope Box
The Virtual Hope Box app is designed for patients and their health providers. Envisioned as a tool to aid treatment, the app helps patients relax and cope. Programs can also be personalized to meet the patient’s specific needs.
Hotlines and text lines are available for people in crises or looking for help for their loved ones.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7 support for people in suicidal or emotional distress. The hotline is free and confidential and comprises more than 180 local crisis centers.
Crisis Text Line: 741741
Texting HOME to 741741 connects you with a live, trained crisis counselor. The service is available 24/7. The text line isn’t only for suicide prevention but also for support for people struggling with eating disorders, coronavirus stress, anxiety, depression and emotional abuse.
Communicare Mobile Crisis Line: 866-837-7521 or 662-234-7521
Communicare’s mobile crisis team is available, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, in our six-county area of North Mississippi. Led by a Master's level Mental Health Therapist and supported by a Community Support Specialist and Peer Support Specialist, our Mobile Crisis Response Teams serve individuals experiencing overwhelming circumstances that they feel they can’t handle effectively. The team provides intervention by responding to designated locations promptly and can help individuals avoid unnecessary incarceration or hospitalization.
Communicare is here to help. Please reach out to us!