A new suicide safety plan app is now available which can help people make their own plan for what to do when things feel really bad.
“Manawa, My own survival plan” is a suicide safety plan app to help people keep a record on their phone of the things they can do and who they can contact to keep themselves safe if they’re feeling low and need help.
There are tools and ideas about talking to someone about negative thoughts, getting professional help and learning new ways to cope.
The app was developed in Aotearoa by Dr Mike Ang, a Consultant Psychiatrist who worked for many years leading an Adult Mental Health Service as Clinical Director. He worked with people who have lived through suicidal thoughts and experiences, to help others find a way through.
‘Manawa’ symbolises having hope in your heart, it’s the driving force behind why you are putting this plan together.
The information and support found in the Manawa app is based on the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and Ministry of Health booklet, “Having suicidal thoughts and finding a way back”.