I went to a safeTALK by LivingWorks event recently and these were the recommended and professionally reviewed apps for suicide prevention. For a while, I have recommended MY3 but was uncertain about others. I would recommend you go to an evidence-based safeTALK presentation which will teach you what to look for in terms of suicide prevention and what to do.
In that class was a young lady from a chorus group where they had recently suffered the loss of two of their teen members to suicide in just 3 weeks time. I was so proud of her for taking a proactive approach in her grief.
You can send me a message via the contact form and I can put you in touch with the person who schedules them locally in and around Richmond, VA from AFSP, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.
These first four are for the suicide attempt survivors or for those who experience suicidal thoughts also known as suicidal ideation. Please understand that the phenomenon of suicidal thoughts is a brain attack and a medical problem and not a weakness of character.
The last one is for medical professionals assessing a situation. If you are a parent or a teacher, it is recommended that you connect your loved one with services and not try to “fix” the situation yourself.
Best apps for those with suicidal thoughts
These will keep you safe when you are having thoughts of suicide. You can enter contact names, some of them you can upload pictures to remind you why you should stay.
- My3 by Link2health Solutions Inc – My personal favorite. Apple, GooglePlay for Android – This is the app I have recommended multiple times to young adults
- Stay Alive by Grassroots Suicide Prevention- From the UK – Apple, GooglePlay for Android and a downloadable PDF. Reviewers liked that the app allowed for the upload of pictures
- Lifebuoy Unfortunately, this one is no longer supported. Boo hiss! –by The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Safety Net Unfortunately, this one is no longer supported. Boo hiss! -by New York State Office of Mental Health – Apple only. Most users don’t feel the interface is as user friendly as some of the others
The suicide prevention app for healthcare providers
- SuicideSafe by SAMSHA – Apple, GooglePlay for Android
If you have an iPhone and you are suffering from thoughts of suicide, you can tell SIRI you are feeling suicidal and she or he will bring up the suicide hotline. There are 166 across the country so once you call, you will then be connected with another call center in your area.
In Virginia, that is Dumfries, VA. It used to be that you would tell SIRI and she would tell you where the nearest bridge was. Fortunately, that was changed a few years ago.
safeTALK and ASIST trainings for suicide prevention are provided throughout the state of Virginia at no cost by AFSP Virginia Chapter. If you are interested, contact Amy Hart.