New mobile phone app 'Conversations for Life' to help highlight suicide warning signs

A new mobile app has been created to identify and help people who may be at risk of suicide.

Suicide is the leading cause of death in young people across southern Queensland's Wide Bay Burnett.

'Conversations for Life' was developed by mental health expert professor John Mendoza from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

He said the early intervention program provided guidance for friends and families to recognise the warning signs and provide support to reduce the risk of suicide.

"Someone who they think is not travelling very well, they can see the signs and symptoms of struggling with what life is throwing at them at that time and this app helps them plan that conversation and work through how they're going to assist their friend, their family member, work colleague, build their personal resistance, their social connections and potentially identify some suitable support services," he said.

Queensland Labor Senator Claire Moore said early intervention for those at risk of suicide would help save lives.

"They have been providing this kind of professional and accessible support to make sure those mental health issues are never forgotten because it's all too easy as we get caught up in our own lives to forget and to move away from the issues that are important to people who have very serious health issues," she said.

Source: ABC News


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