The Stay Alive app is a suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. 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 LifeBox. Here you can store photos and memories that are important to you.
You can also read the strategies for staying safe or explore the tips on how to stay grounded when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Try the guided-breathing exercises, and support your wellness by creating your own interactive Wellness Plan.
The app links you directly to local and national crisis resources, so you won’t need to carry around slips of paper with contact details on – it’s all stored there within the app. If the resource isn’t listed, simply add in your own.
“I have used this app with volunteers and service users across the UK and the feedback is consistently positive. People have used it when in crisis and say it is literally life-saving.”Suffolk User Forum Survey 2017
- Import safety contacts who can help if you are having thoughts of suicide, direct from your device.
- Create your own Wellness Plan for your recovery. A place for your positive thoughts, inspirations, and ideas.
- Equal breathing exercises to distract you from negative thoughts and help you stay calm.
- Quick access to UK national crisis support helplines.
- Quick access to local crisis services in Sussex and several other regions of the UK.
- A mini-safety plan that can be filled out by a person considering suicide.
- A LifeBox to which the user can upload photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive.
- Safety contacts page.
- Strategies for staying safe from suicide.
- How to help a person thinking about suicide.
- Wellness Plan for your recovery, a place for your positive thoughts, inspirations and ideas.
- Suicide myth-busting.
- Research-based reasons for living.
- Online support services and other helpful apps.
- Suicide bereavement resources.
All guidance and information within the app are reviewed and updated every 6 months to check all resources are updated and links are in working order.
The app is fully compliant with GDPR and international data management standards.
“This weekend I found the online support list and the keeping safe for now section helpful and made me feel less lonely. Unlike so many mental health apps yours is not patronising and doesn’t claim to ‘fix’ anyone. No app will ever be able to fix me but yours kept me company during a very long, dark weekend. Thank you for that.”Anonymous, via Facebook
“Aside from Breathing exercises, grounding techniques and lots of useful tips and contacts, it has a section called ‘My Life-box’. Here I can add pictures that remind me of my reasons to stay alive. I uploaded a funny photo of Si, one of my Mum and Dad celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and one of Saagar and I, happy together. This is the next best thing to a friend sitting with me, holding my hand when I am down and out.”SANGEETA MAHAJAN, on her blog.
“[The app helped me help someone else to stay alive] by introducing and making clear the option of ‘stay safe for now’. This was so helpful for the young person I was working with who felt as if she had no choice other than to try and kill herself given how hopeless she felt.”Anonymous, via online survey
A life saving story…
“I have had the Stay Alive app on my phone for many months, I keep my safety plan updated on it and have read a lot of the content. This has been incredibly helpful for me, but it is in the event of crisis that I have found the app most useful.
A few months ago I found myself in a position where my thoughts of suicide were so strong and prominent, that I needed immediate help to avoid another suicide attempt. In previous moments like this I have not known where to turn for help and have instead begun turning suicide plans into actions.
Fortunately, when I was trying to think if there were options other than suicide open to me, I remembered that I have the app and that it might help. I was able to immediately dial through to a helpline using the crisis resources on the “find help now” section of the app and they were able to support me and keep me safe in the short term, until further help could be reached. They were also able to help friends look after me.
I think perhaps without the app and its ability to help me to find help, strong suicidal thoughts would have become another suicide attempt. I believe that it is a unique resource which I carry with me everywhere I go, which gives it an unbelievable scope to help.”Brighton resident
Stay Alive in professional healthcare settings
- The app is included on mental health patients’ discharge paperwork at Brighton & Hove and Haywards Heath Accident & Emergency Departments
- The app is pre-installed on a number of counselling service waiting room tablets
- Sussex Police promote the app to staff on their intranet and also to community members on their public-facing website
- Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust promote the app to their staff and service users
- A wide range of mental health practitioners (both clinical and non-clinical) and therapists are using the app in and/or between sessions with their patients and clients
“Just downloaded and looked through your Stay Alive app which is excellent (I’m a GP putting together information resources to give out to patients who may be at risk of suicide). It’s really, really good and I’m so impressed, particularly by ability to add photos from camera roll.”Dr Helen Ashdown GP, May 2016