[YSPNetwork] FYI: New suicide prevention mobile phone app!
donna.noonan at state.or.us
Fri Jun 10 10:29:23 PDT 2011
New suicide prevention mobile phone app!
The QPR Institute announces a free suicide crisis support mobile phone
app for those concerned about and caring for someone suicidal. Now
available for download from the Android Market for any Android phone
running v1.6 or better, it is available in English in the US, Canada and
Originally titled, The Tender Leaves of Hope: Helping Someone Survive a
Suicide Crisis, and originally published in 1993 in hard copy, this
helpful guide is written to parents, family members and friends of
adolescents and adults currently in a suicide crisis.
The booklet provides useful information on how to talk to someone
thinking about suicide, how to be a good listener, personal reactions,
and how a caring person can be helpful.
Android phone users can just click on the "Market Icon" under
applications on their phone, search for the app "Suicide," then select
the app "Suicide Crisis Support" and accept permissions. The app will
automatically download to the user's phone.
Please share widely. Hard copy versions are available from the
institute’s online bookstore @ www.qprinstitute.com (
Guidelines for use:
The Tender Leaves of Hope, Helping Someone Survive a Suicide Crisis
The Tender Leaves of Hope booklet was written directly to the spouse,
parents, friends or relatives of older teenagers and adults who have
been assessed by a professional to be at elevated risk for suicide. The
booklet will most frequently be given to a family member by a
professional healthcare provider or organization, although it is
available to anyone.
The primary purpose of this educational booklet is to make sure the
suicidal person’s loved ones know and understand the following:
- their own emotional reactions to threats of suicide
- why people become suicidal
- how to listen
- how to reduce risk by removing the means of suicide
- what warning signs to look for and what to say and do when they are
- the role of depression and alcohol in suicidal behavior
- what do to when the suicidal person refuses help
The Tender Leaves of Hope is a "family education" booklet and provides
guidelines for how friends and family members can help minimize the risk
of a suicide attempt. It can be distributed following:
- Emergency room or crisis center evaluations
- Discharge from psychiatric hospitals or residential facilities
- Medical, counseling, pastoral or mental health office visits
- Telephone crisis evaluations
- Any contact in which suicide risk has been established by a
Special note to healthcare professionals: Together with emergency phone
numbers and directions for hospitalization or emergency evaluation,
giving this booklet to the loved ones of suicidal patients can provide
an important defense against claims of suicide malpractice, especially
in light of the research literature regarding elevated suicide risk
following hospital discharge and at other clinical transitions. The QPR
Institute has participated in the work of two key patient safety
committees in 2003. Look for these documents on the respective web sites
of the following organizations soon:
The American Association of Suicidology: Discharge Guidelines for
Inpatient and Residential Patients known to be at Elevated Risk for
The American Psychiatric Association: Guidelines for the Assessment,
Management and Treatment of Patients with Suicidal Behaviors
Thank you for your attention to these important issues.
The Staff and Faculty of the QPR Institute
Paul Quinnett, Ph.D.,President and CEO
The QPR Institute, Inc.
Office phone 509-235-8823
Institute phone: 888-726-7926
pquinnett at mindspring.com
Web site: www.qprinstitute.com ( http://www.qprinstitute.com/ )
"QPR - closing the gap between what we know and what we do."
Donna G. Noonan, MPH, CHES
Youth Suicide Preventio
Injury Prevention & Epidemiology Program
Oregon Public Health Division
800 NE Oregon, Ste 772
Portland, OR 97232
donna.noonan at state.or.us
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