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New Crisis App for Teens

New Crisis App for Teens
January 25
15:50 2016

With suicide being the number one cause of death among young Utahns aged 10 to 17, the state unveiled a new prevention tool last week.

The SafeUT Crisis and Safety Tipline will provide confidential and anonymous two-way communication between troubled youths and crisis counselors or school staff.  One-touch options offer direct connections.

A teen could also use this app to submit a tip if they believe it could benefit a peer.

The app is a product of legislation drafted by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley last year.

A training program for school administrators will be offered over the next year.

Part of the training includes instructing teens about how to use the application.

The app addresses both mental health crises and threats to safety, such as bullying.

All K -12 schools in the state may opt into the program, but it will not be mandatory.

An 800 number is available for children who do not have smartphones.

The app is available through both GooglePlay and Apple’s App Store.

Counselors with the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute will be on the other end of the app offering help and hope to kids who may be suffering from depression, bullying, or any other issue.

The counselors will be reachable 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Two school districts in Utah, Salem and Salt Lake City, have already tested the app.

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