Uclan physiotherapy student, Patrick Shaughnessy, has developed an app to help prevent suicide.
The app is called TrustTalk24/7 and is free. It provides help to anyone in a suicide crisis, or who is worried about deterioration in the mental health of themselves or a friend.
Shaughnessy’s idea came a year ago, when he decided, “something had to be done”, after losing his cousin and friends to suicide.
It has taken less than a year for him to get the backing of Console, the national suicide prevention charity in Ireland, The Samaritans, Aware and Bodywhys; who have helped him raise over €15,000 to get his project off the ground.
Patrick Shaughnessy, 22 told Uclan; “I had a strange dream where someone thanked me for helping them using a mobile app and the idea came from there. I then approached Console and the project just took off.”
Shaughnessy has been overwhelmed by the donations he received from family, friends, local businesses and people in general to help him create the app.
“If it makes a difference to just one person then it will have been worth it.” Said Patrick Shaughnessy.
The app is split into three sections; LetsTalk, WhySoSilent and MindMyMind24/7.
LetsTalk is for those in suicide crisis and who need to talk to an accredited counsellor immediately. By pressing the call button, they will be connected to a counsellor at any time of day, free of charge. WhySoSilent asks questions related to depression and anxiety and will relay the relevant call options to the user, based on their answers. MindMyMind24/7 provides daily inspirational messages to motivate the user, or help the user motivate a friend.
“I wanted to reach out to younger people in particular and thought modern technology is the most accessible way of doing it. Everyone has a mobile phone these days and an app that can help at the touch of a button is a discreet and fast way of doing so.”, stated Shaughnessy.
TrustTalk24/7 has now officially been launched in Ireland with the hope for it to be released in the UK later this year.