Sunday, November 24, 2013

New Suicide Prevention App Aims to Save Young Lives

Posted By on Sun, Nov 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

SPEAK_Launch_Poster_Revised_FINAL.jpg
Smartphones are getting smarter about suicide awareness and prevention. On November 13, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein unveiled the brand-new Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness Kit (SPEAK) - an app that offers wisdom, advice, and instant touch-screen help to troubled people and their family and friends.

For today's youth, smartphones are a way of life. With the new SPEAK app, now they can be a lifeline, too. The app helps concerned friends and family to identify the warning signs of a person in trouble, and offers advice on how to talk to someone who's thinking about suicide. When tapped, a "Seek Guidance" button on every screen will instantly call Family of Woodstock's suicide prevention hotline or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK).

A proud first for Ulster County, the SPEAK app will eventually be made available to all counties across New York State, with features customized for each community. Thanks to social media efforts like this, we can all become gatekeepers for the people who need help most.

The SPEAK app is free and available for iPhones from the online Apple store. An Android-compatible version is due to come out by the end of 2013.

  • Pin It
  • StumbleUpon
  • Email
  • Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Latest in Daily Dose

  • The Electric Mess Rocks Woodstock
  • The Electric Mess Rocks Woodstock

    The New York garage punk band plays Colony on June 30.
    • Jun 22, 2017
  • Vomit Fist Grinds it Up in Beacon
  • Vomit Fist Grinds it Up in Beacon

    The New York underground metal trio will raise a little hell at the Howland Cultural Center on June 30.
    • Jun 20, 2017
  • CCE4Me
  • CCE4Me

    The Center for Creative Education has encouraged thousands of youth to realize their dreams through arts, wellness and technology-based educational programming. So is it any surprise they’re hosting one of the biggest, free health and wellness fairs in the Hudson Valley?
    • Jun 19, 2017
  • More »

More by Wendy Kagan

People who saved…

Current Issue

June 1- 1, 2017
Issue Cover