An innovative phone app containing up-to-date local suicide prevention resources for the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions will soon be available for download.

Grapevine Group president Debbie Knight said that the phone app, developed by local IT specialists iScape, will make sure that information containing suicide prevention services and resources will be at the community’s finger tips.

“Grapevine is passionate about the community having easy access to link themselves, or those struggling, to local services.

“And we’re proud to partner with iScape to develop an application that will give people immediate access to find support, book into suicide prevention training and learn the warning signs of suicide.

“It’s essential that everyone knows where to find local help,” Ms Knight said.

“A great feature the app has it that it includes a share function which will allow users to text or email the app to others.”

iScape’s Managing Director Stewart McKinnon said the awareness Grapevine delivers to the community is vitally important and he could not think of a worthier cause.

“The world is a pretty fragile place at the moment and that iScape can lend a hand to help the fight to save lives is very special to me and my team,” said Mr McKinnon.

“This is so important to iScape that we’re contributing in-kind support to the value of $17,000 and my staff have completed the excellent safeTALK suicide prevention training Grapevine provides.”

The app will contain information inspired by a list of local resources Grapevine compiled back in 2004 when they founded the not-for-profit organisation and this information is not only promoted online, but also included on Help-a-Mate wallet cards, which have seen a print run of over 220,000.

The list forms an essential part of their safeTALK training and is distributed in every training session.

People can go to the group’s website now to find a Help-a-Mate Hub to collect bundles of cards to distribute to friends, family, colleagues and teammates.

The app will be launched before December and will be able to anonymously report the number of times services are contacted – data that will be provided to the mental health sector to better inform the types of services needed locally.

For example, it will show if people are seeking face-to-face services over phone counselling and can potentially assist to identify any gaps in the services currently available.

This Mental Health Week get behind the app’s development and support Grapevine’s annual appeal by making a donation to help a great cause. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Visit Grapevine’s website to donate and support their life-saving work or sign up to free safeTALK training.

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