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New Beyondblue app Launched

Admin Incite - Friday, April 29, 2016

The number of Australian men taking their lives is increasing, according to new Australian Bureau of Statistics data, and beyondblue hopes its new BeyondNow app will help reduce the suicide toll.

beyondblue Chairman The Hon. Jeff Kennett AC said in order to reduce Australia’s tragic suicide death toll, which is more than double than the road toll, beyondblue and Monash University, with funding from the Movember Foundation, have developed an world-leading smartphone app and website to help save lives when people feel hopeless and helpless, and want to die.

“The free BeyondNow app, which can be downloaded onto a smartphone, shows people how to create a plan to refer to when they are experiencing suicidal thoughts or are in a suicidal crisis,” Mr Kennett said.
Paul Villanti, Executive Director of the Movember Foundation: “We are proud to have funded and been involved in the development of the world-leading suicide prevention tool. We know men are reluctant to ask for help when they need it and those aged 18 to 45 years are among the hardest to reach,”
“The BeyondNow app will overcome some of the problems in reaching this group in times of crisis and allow them to develop a list of warning signs, coping strategies, reasons for living and ways to make their environment safe,” he added.
“It starts with things they can do themselves, then moves onto other people they can contact for support. All this information is with them constantly on their phone and they can access it privately.”
The free BeyondNow App can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play store.
Find out more about creating a safety plan at beyondblue.org.au/beyond-now. 

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