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Support for people with suicidal thoughts

We are living in such difficult times with many people experiencing isolation and loneliness which affects mental health.

The app
The app

However, instant online help is now available for people in Dorset who are struggling to cope and may be contemplating suicide.

Dorset HealthCare is promoting distrACT – a new NHS phone app which gives easy, quick and discreet access to proven coping strategies and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

The free app, which has been developed by doctors and mental health specialists, also signposts users to the wide range of support available locally.

Gifty Markey, head of nursing, therapies and quality for mental health and learning disabilities at Dorset HealthCare, said, “Just search distrACT on your phone’s app store and select Dorset under the settings button.

“Please also take notice of your friends, family and colleagues, and how they are feeling – you never know what might be going on under the surface. By just taking a minute to ask how they are, you could really change their life.”

As well as coping strategies, the app offers practical self-help guides and a ‘chill zone’ with ideas on how to focus on more positive thoughts. There is also information about local support for people in crisis – in person, online or via the 24/7 Connection helpline on 0300 123 5440.

You can visit www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/access-mental-health for further information about support available in Dorset.

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