Crisis Care: An app for suicide prevention

Look at the various smartphone app stores, and you’ll find more than 100,000 apps categorized as health apps, including many for mental health. Noting that teens often turn to their phones when they need something, researchers in Boston Children’s Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry are working on an app aimed at helping reduce teens’ suicide risk.

Called Crisis Care, the app guides teens through various coping strategies, while providing parents instructions for assisting teens and creating a safe, supportive home environment. It also provides quick access to immediate help when needed. The researchers recently piloted the app to positive reviews, and are actively pursuing grants to help turn the idea into a reality.

Read the full story behind Crisis Care on Vector.