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Preston Unveils New HOPE App

Binghamton, NY – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston joined Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health Katie Cusano and the Broome County Suicide Awareness for Families and Educators (B.C. SAFE) committee of the Promise Zone, to announce the release of a free smartphone app that is a valuable resource for suicide prevention.

The HOPE app for suicide prevention is available for free on IPhones and Androids.

 

“Suicide affects more than just the individual and their family, it affects the entire community,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “We believe having information at your fingertips will go a long way in preventing these tragedies in the future.”

 

B.C. SAFE, teamed up with E Base Interactive to design the Broome HOPE app. It was paid for by a grant from the New York State Office of Mental Health.

 

It’s designed to give users an accessible resource to help recognize the warning signs of suicides as well as the ability to immediately connect to the national suicide prevention lifeline if needed.

 

“We want to make sure people know where to turn if they feel a loved one is contemplating suicide,” says Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health Katie Cusano.  “Many times people ignore the warning signs because they don’t know where to turn.  This app will give you all the information you need, so you can get someone the help they need right away.”

 

The HOPE app is an easy to use resource that provides the user with information on warning signs, what to say, as well as information on local resources. This information is categorized by group as well; the user can choose teens and young adults, adults, or veterans and have instant access to helpful information.

 

Additionally, throughout the app, the user has the ability to instantly call the national suicide prevention lifeline. The HOPE app is to be used in conjunction with mental health treatment and should not serve as a substitute for working with a mental health professional.

 

Suicide is consistently the leading cause of violent death in New York, the United States, and the world. It is extremely important to make as many people as possible aware of the warning signs and symptoms of suicide, the HOPE app will do this and will be a huge asset to our community.

 

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02/16/2015 - 12:04pm