Grassroots Suicide Prevention has just launched an updated version of the StayAlive app on iOS and Android, and a new companion website application is now available for users. Switchplane has made the iOS, Android, and Web versions of the app work seamlessly together to enable StayAlive users to access this vital resource and their personalised tools from any device.
Having received new funding from the Department of Health, Grassroots have been working with Switchplane over the past year to refresh the StayAlive app that was originally launched in 2014.
The StayAlive app is packed full of useful information and tools to help users stay safe in crisis. As well as the numerous national and local resources available, the app includes customisable elements including a Safety Plan, Wellness Plan, Reasons for Living, and a LifeBox, where users can store important photo, video and audio memories. There are also strategies for staying safe, staying grounded, and exercises to help with guided breathing. Feedback from app users has been consistently positive over the years; people have used it when in crisis and say it is literally life-saving.
The updated applications benefit from a new piece of technology, Flutter, which enables much of the codebase to be shared between the iOS and Android platforms with only minimal operating system-specific code required. This technology has dramatically brought down the cost in app development as so much of the code can be reused, rather than writing whole apps individually for iOS or Android.
The popular features from the old app still remain, but with a refreshed look and feel as well as some important new functionality; iOS users will particularly notice the difference in the appearance of the app.
The updates include:
Grassroots has recently secured further funding from the National Lottery’s Digital Fund to ensure the app continues to improve in response to the needs of users over the next four years. These latest updates are an important step forward in Grassroots’ journey and Switchplane looks forward to progressing the app further with the charity and its users.
You can find StayAlive in the iOS App Store, on Google Play, or via the website: StayAlive.app
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