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Far-reaching poster campaign launched by mental health group

Author: Patrick Lowman Published: 8th October 2019 10:47

 Staying alive app

Far-reaching poster campaign launched by mental health group

A poster campaign has been launched across Suffolk to promote a potentially life-saving app to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

The Staying Alive app was launched by mental health charity the Suffolk User Forum (SUF) last October following a major consultation process and is designed to help people who are in emotional crisis or are feeling suicidal.

World Mental Health Day, organised by the World Health Organisation, takes place this Thursday (October 10). The theme of this year's event is suicide prevention. The day will focus on raising awareness of suicide around the world and the role people can play to help prevent it.

To coincide with World Mental Health Day SUF is launching a poster campaign to promote its app.

The downloadable tool has many helpful features including areas which can be adapted by the users to suit their personal needs.

Other features include:

 

· Quick access to UK national crisis support helplines

· Immediate access to crisis services in Suffolk

· A safety plan which can be filled out by a person considering suicide

· A LifeBox to which the user can upload photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive

· Strategies for staying safe from suicide

· Suicide myth busting

· Researched based reasons for living

· Online support services and other helpful apps

· Suicide bereavement resources.

Jayne Stevens, SUF manager, said: "With World Mental Health Day taking place this week it gives us the perfect opportunity to launch the poster campaign to promote the Staying Alive app. We will be placing the poster all over the county in libraries, health centres, GP surgeries, and hospitals as well as sharing them with other groups concerned with people's emotional well-being.

"We have received great feedback from people who have used the app already and we want more people who may be feeling suicidal to use it to help them. Staying Alive is a great resource, which we believe could help to save people's lives."

The app was launched after more than 3,400 people across the county were consulted. A total of 95% of those consulted said they felt the app could be helpful to those who may be in crisis or feeling suicidal.

Funding for the app has been provided by a range of health organisations including the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust.

The Stay Alive app is downloadable free of charge on ITunes and Google Play.

Anyone needing further information on SUF and wants to find out more about becoming a member should telephone 01473 907087 or email. hello@suffolkuserforum.co.uk

More information about World Mental Health Day can be found on the following link https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2019/10/10/default-calendar/world-mental-health-day-2019-focus-on-suicide-prevention

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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