Aberdeen FC Community Trust backs suicide prevention app

Aberdeen FC Community Trust is backing a suicide prevention app which has been used more than 17000 times since its launch last year.

To mark the first anniversary of the Prevent Suicide NE Scotland app, Choose Life will be at Aberdeen V Hearts match on Saturday, talking to supporters and promoting the app.

The app, which is available on all platforms, is a way of allowing people to gain knowledge of suicide prevention without having to directly engage with mental health services which many people shy away from.

Ally Prockter, Chief Executive of AFC Community Trust stated, “Mental Health and people’s wellbeing remains a topic that many people find difficult to talk about. AFC Community Trust is committed to helping raise awareness about mental wellbeing and suicide prevention, and is very willing to support any initiative which can help people when they most need it. This preventative app is likely to save lives, and I encourage people to make as many people as possible aware of it. Please use it if you need to.”

NHS Grampian provided funding for the app which was designed by faff digital and it is being supported by Aberdeen City Council, The Moray Council and Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partership.

In addition to the app, money which has been donated by various people and groups has been used for online ads which will signpost people to help if they type certain phrases. Posts highlighting the app also appeared on Facebook timelines over the Christmas and New Year period.

The launch of the app, along with the introduction of Google and Facebook adverts, coincided with a 29% reduction in suicides in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire during 2016.

Fiona Weir, who lost her husband to suicide and who helped launch the app last year, said: “When we launched the app last year I was hoping it would be a success and I think the number of people who have accessed it shows there was a real need for this across the north east. It is also very welcome that there has been a reduction in the number of suicides and we will continue to promote the app so people know help is at hand.”

People can access the app by downloading it from Google Play, the App Store or Amazon. They can also visit the website at www.preventsuicideapp.com.

Alternatively they can phone Samaritans on 116 123 or Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87.

Iain Murray Choose Life Co-ordinator for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire said: 

“We would like to thank Aberdeen FC Community Trust and Aberdeen FC for their help and support in promoting the app. Hopefully those attending the match will come and speak to us and learn more about the app. It not only gives the user access to a huge range of helpful organisations but allows them to write their own safety plan, which can help at difficult times when there may be a heightened risk of suicide.”