Life-saving App developed to help tackle NI’s high suicide rate

Posted: May 16, 2014 by wjfkee in Uncategorized

A new mobile phone App with the potential to save lives was recently launched at Stormont.  MLAs, health professionals and educators gathered to hear details of the Here2Help App, developed by Noel McKee of East Antrim Counselling.

Once downloaded, the free tool provides instant access to crisis helplines within two taps on a smartphone.  It is designed for emergency situations when someone is in need of immediate crisis support or for friends, families or even strangers, who are faced with the dilemma of assisting someone in crisis.  The App means you don’t need to remember numbers or even the name of the organisations providing assistance.  You just need to know that you or someone else needs help.

Noel explained, “Northern Ireland has one of the highest suicide rates in the UK and that rate has doubled over the last 15 years.  A local bar owner, Jack Creighton, approached me to see what we could do after three of his patrons took their own lives within a year.

 

“Following research, during which we discovered that no simple crisis Apps were available locally or internationally, we embarked on fundraising to develop our not-for-profit App.  We wanted to make the App simple but effective and extremely easy to use.

“Our aim is for this App to be on every single smartphone in Northern Ireland as you don’t know if or when you will come across someone in crisis or indeed will need assistance yourself.  Suicide doesn’t discriminate and affects people of all ages and background.   Quite simply, this App could save someone’s life and we would urge everyone to download it today.”

Here2Help also provides advice and can direct users to support agencies for a wide variety of issues including debt, abuse and drugs.

The App is now available to download on smartphones, free of charge, from the Google Play and Apple stores by searching for Here2Help.

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