NOTE: Let’s work together to create a longer list of resources! Add yours in the comments below.

Dear friends,

In the past few weeks two beloved celebrities chose to end their lives. They seemed to have it all: wealth, fame, wonderful families. Why in the world would they have wanted to end their lives? And, more importantly, why didn’t anyone KNOW? Why didn’t anyone HELP?

After Anthony Bordain’s death, I asked my community if it was appropriate to do a newsletter about apps for suicide prevention and mental health. The response (my most commented on post ever) was and overwhelming YES!

So on Thursday I thought I could quickly compose a list of apps and resources and get the newsletter out on Friday as usual.

The Bad News: There’s Not Really an App for That

In 2016, researchers analyzed 123 apps that referred to suicide. About 50 of those included at least one suicide prevention feature. But therein lies the problem… one prevention technique doesn’t suffice. “Many suicide prevention apps are available, some of which provide elements of best practice, but none that provide comprehensive evidence-based support,” the paper states.

My “No Kidding” Statement: Suicide Is Complicated

Take a look at the risk factors for suicide from #BeThe1To, a site from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for resources to prevent suicide. There’s a bunch of them. It’s not always about a lack of a community, or mental health issues or any one of the factors that might come to mind. So apps that address any one of these factors may not be enough.

That Being Said, Some Technological Resources Exist

I’d love to be able to offer you a list of perfect apps that you can simply install and be healthy. But as the researchers found, one tool doesn’t do everything. So here are some of the best resources I’ve found. Please add more in the comments.

Resources to Help Yourself

Resources to Help Someone Else

A Handful of Apps

The 2016 study liked the resources in apps that focused on safety plans. You download the app when you know you’re struggling, and it helps you assess and organize your coping strategies. The kicker, though, is that you have to be in a place where you’re willing to take steps.

Your Recommendations

As usual, you guys have some great resources. PLEASE ADD TO THE LIST IN THE COMMENTS. 

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8 Responses

  1. includes depression self-diagnosis and peer support. it is FREE to all. They offer complementary applications for smoking cessation and pain reporting for cancer patients. You will find it in the AppStore and Android Market: search PerSoNClinic.

  2. If any of these can save just one life, then it is far better to have listed them than to be afraid. Thank you, BFF for your courage and compassion!

  3. on April 3, 2015(good Friday) my Dad died my suicide at age 73… I have never known anyone in my circle to die this way. I am in the funeral business and am aware that older men often do this. Happening to me and my family was an absolute shock as their were No warning signs (then that is). I reached out to a lady in our community who lost her only child, a son Cole when he died by suidide Sept. of 2010 at age 13. Together we reformed a once dormant support called HALOS, healing after loved ones suicide. This August will make 3 yrs and the group is thriving with a Core group of 8, and making such an impact on Southwest Louisiana. I would love to know and even start an app open to “suicide survivors”. We are determined to “crush” some of the worst of stigmas pertaining to the ones we love who “die by suicide”. We would like to help start a HALOS support group all over the country and world….Helping others Helps us….:)

  4. These are all great resources but we have to remember, if the person suffering never opens the app (calls the hotline/reaches out), it’s up to the people around them to engage them and report. Many people suffering won’t ask for help, or even take it when it’s offered so it’s up to all of us to learn and recognize the signs so we can take action. Thanks Beth for addressing, and identifying gaps, in this sensitive issue.

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