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Shocked by the increasing numbers of youth committing suicides, australian researchers are developing a smartphone app to stop people to take their own lives. The app would facilitate referral of the young person to local liaison officers and other government or non-government support agencies.
Maree toombs, a researcher from the university of queensland’s school of medicine said they will design, develop and distribute an ios and android app through itunes and google’s android market to support the implementation of the gatekeeper training
moreover, a community led training programme linking health providers, community members, peers, school leaders and mentors as gatekeepers will run along side the app.
A gatekeeper is anyone within a community who is in a position to recognize the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.
Toombs added that gatekeepers and a smartphone app are the keys to tackling indigenous youth suicide by providing accessible help to the at-risk youth.