Safety planning in the palm of your hand: A mobile app for suicide prevention
MY3 was funded by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), a Joint Powers Authority representing California’s counties, which initiated a statewide Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative that includes the development of resources to prevent suicide. In 2012, CalMHSA contractors began the process of creating an app modeled on best practices in safety planning. The MY3 development team involved suicide attempt survivors in the design and testing of the app. MY3 is now available in English and Spanish at no-cost for Android and iPhones.
MY3 was released exclusively in California in 2013. On 2014, ownership and operation of MY3 was transferred from CalMHSA to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for national distribution and use. As of February 2015, the app has been downloaded on over 4600 iPhones and approximately 1000 Android phones. Feedback from providers, crisis center staff, and other helpers will be provided in the session.
Learning Areas:Communication and informatics
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Describe the benefits and features of a safety planning mobile app Identify three benefits to mobile safety planning for suicide prevention
Keyword(s): Suicide, Technology
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I supervised the staff person most involved with overseeing creation of the mobile app. I have been involved with this project since inception, and have presented on the app numerous times.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.