An app designed to help prevent suicides in the north east, has been used more than 18,000 times since it was launched at the end of March. The app, which is available on all platforms, is a way of allowing people to gain knowledge of suicide prevention without having to directly engage with mental health services which many people shy away from.
It not only gives the user access to a huge range of helpful organisations, but allows them to write their own safety plan which can help them through difficult periods when they are at heightened risk of suicide. NHS Grampian provided funding for the app and it is being supported by Aberdeen City Council, Moray Council and Aberdeenshire Council. Suicides in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire reduced by nearly a third in 2016. People can download the app by searching for Prevent Suicide NE Scotland on Google Play, App Store, Amazon. You can also access the web version at www.preventsuicideapp.com