A new app is being launched across the north to help prevent suicide.
The Prevent Suicide App, originally developed in Tayside, is now being rolled out across the Highlands to help address growing levels of suicide and provide an all-important lifeline for vulnerable people.
Featured on the app is an individual safety plan which can be completed by each individual with help of a trained listener on a helpline such as Breathing Space or with a friend or family member.
The app also outlines a series of numbers for local and national helplines with can offer support to those who may be feeling vulnerable, distressed or suicidal.
NHS Highland’s head of health improvement Cathy Steer said: “We looked at the positive response to a suicide prevention app developed in Tayside which can play a vital role in keeping someone safe when feeling distressed or suicidal and decided to develop it here in Highland.
“This app will play a key role in helping the CPP to build on the range of community resilience and community network activity which exists across Highland to increase awareness of what support is available for people.”
Residents will also benefit from this app as it outlines what they can do if they are ever found to be in a situation where they suspect someone is vulnerable.
Councillor Margaret Davidson, leader of the Highland Council said: “It is heartening to see the partners rolling-out and promoting the use of the ‘Prevent Suicide’ app across Highland. Any opportunity to help prevent a loss of life from suicide or support anyone in distress is very welcomed indeed.”
The development comes just two years after Highland charity Mikeyline, which was set up following the loss of two friends Michael Williamson and Martin Shaw, launched their own app to help young people deal with depression and suicidal thoughts.
Ruth Webster, Strategic Manager for Mikeysline said: “I think you will agree that anything that helps vulnerable people is fantastic and Mikeysline welcomes any new initiatives to support those in need.”