Canada and United States
A Friend Asks (U.S.)
“A Friend Asks” is a free smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Download the app today and encourage friends and family to do the same. Education is the key to prevention and with information like this as close as your smartphone; you could help save a life.
Calm in the Storm (Canada)
The Calm in the Storm is a valuable tool in understanding what stress is, the effects it can have on the body, mind and spirit and how to recognize when stress levels become unhealthy and even dangerous. The app helps you to identify, assess and track your own stress levels and provides easy-to-use and highly effective mind/body practices. Calm in the Storm guides you in creating a personalized virtual hope box and links to local resources that can support you in times of distress or crisis. It also helps you manage suicidal thoughts and create individualized plans for keeping you safe.
Guard Your Buddy (U.S. National Guard)
Guard Your Buddy was developed for members of the Tennessee National Guard and their families. Its purpose is to provide the men, women, and families in the Tennessee National Guard anytime, anywhere access to critical life resources, on-demand counseling, and on-call suicide prevention.
HELP Prevent Suicide
With HELP Prevent Suicide, you can do your part in preventing suicides among those you love or know. This app features access to crisis intervention resources, learn about the warning signs, how to talk to someone with suicidal thoughts and many more.
My3 Support Network (U.S.)
With MY3, you define your network and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide.
Operation Reach Out (U.S. Military and Veterans)
OPERATION REACH OUT is designed to:
Encourage people to reach out for help when they are having suicidal thoughts.
Help those who are concerned about family members, spouses, or fellow service members who may be suicidal.
Provide a personal contact help center.
Provide activities to help people who are depressed stay connected to others.
Operation Reach Out is part of MCA-D’s effort to provide timely and effective support and guidance for military families.
Note: Due to the severity of the topic, this app contains many videos segments and may take up extra memory and time to download. Video must be downloaded while connected by wifi.
RUOK: OSU (Ohio, U.S.)
RUOK: OSU displays the number for the 24 hour/365 day suicide prevention crisis lines geographically closest to the caller’s physical location. At the moment, service is only available for crisis centers in the state of Ohio. This app also provides the national Lifeline number and additional resources and suicide prevention information.
Suicide Crisis Support (U.S.)
This is an electronic version of the booklet “The Tender Leaves of Hope, Helping Someone Survive a Suicide Crisis.” Emergency Room Personnel, Counselors, Physicians and Suicide Crisis Centers have distributed over 7000 copies of this booklet in the year 2010. The QPR Institute has released this booklet in electronic form as a free app in the hopes of reaching more families and individuals through this non-traditional form of distribution. Emergency room personnel can now instruct families of the availability of this booklet as a free download to an Android phone.
Suicide Lifeguard (U.S.)
Suicide Lifeguard is intended for anyone concerned that someone they know may be thinking of suicide. It provides information on:
• How to recognize warning signs of suicide • How to ask about suicidal thoughts and/or intentions • How to respond and • Where to refer. Features include: • Immediate connection to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline • Specific resources for: o Military/Veterans o Those who identify as LGBTQ o Spanish speaking individuals o Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing • Direct access to national and Missouri resource websites
Suicide Safe (U.S.)
Suicide Safe is a suicide prevention learning tool for primary care and behavioral health providers and is based on the nationally recognized Suicide Assessment Five-step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) practice guidelines. Suicide Safe helps providers feel confident to assist patients who present with suicidal ideation. The app offers tips on how to communicate effectively with patients and their families, determine appropriate next steps, and make referrals to treatment and community resources.
Texas Suicide Prevention (U.S.)
This app was developed from a non-proprietary suicide prevention training program called ASK (ASK about suicide / Seek more information / Know where to refer) which was also developed by Mental Health America of Texas. The suicide prevention app is supported by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Ulster County SPEAK (U.S.)
The SPEAK suicide awareness and prevention app is designed to help users easily access and recognize the signs of suicide in friends and family and get them the help they need, fast. It’s not a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment, but rather a “first line of defense” that offers people some solid information and useful tools that they can use to help someone they love make it through a difficult time.
You Are Important (LGBTQ)
This App contains hundreds of videos from the It Gets Better® and You Can Play® Projects. In these videos you’ll meet people from corporations, sports teams, universities. You’ll meet police, politicians, celebrities, and musicians. You’ll also meet others just like you.
Virtual Hope Box (Military and Families)
The Virtual Hope Box mobile application received the 2014 Department of Defense Innovation Award for its unique application of technology in supporting behavioral health in service members and military families. The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is a smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.
If you are entertaining thoughts of committing suicide or if you know somebody who does, now is the time to stop thinking, whip out your iPhone and open this app. This app may sway you to change your thoughts and have new found enthusiasm for life. Stay Alive is more than an app as it a suicide prevention resource that also features a life box where your most important memories in photos are stored, a safety plan, customizable reasons for living and more.
R U Suicidal?
They currently have a suite of three Apps called Suicide Prevention Kit (SPK), designed to be the affordable help you need, when you need it, in the palm of your hand. Our goal is to provide ‘another option’ – for some this will be a chosen alternative to traditional service, in the first instance. For others SPK may be the only thing available due to remoteness or service shortfalls such as over nights or on weekends when suicidal crisis is common.
This app is a pocket suicide prevention resource, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. In addition to the resources, the app includes a safety plan, customisable reasons for living, and a life box where you can store photos that are important to you.