A new app is available in hopes of preventing suicide.
The app called 'Suicide Lifeguard' is available on both iPhones and Android phones. It was created by the Missouri Institute of Mental Health through a federal suicide prevention grant. The app teaches how to recognize suicide warning signs and talk to someone who is suicidal. Resources including national and Missouri hotlines and mental health agencies can also be viewed. 911 responders can also be contacted through the app.
"It's basically to assist people in responding when they believe someone is having suicidal ideation," said Melissa McCauley, Community Health Liaison.
The 'Suicide Lifeguard' app can be downloaded at no charge. It can be downloaded through iTunes or Google Play. Creators of the app hope that this will lessen and help prevent suicide.