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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Challenge.gov: Develop a Suicide Prevention App



United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - A Life in the Community for Everyone: Behavioral Health is Essential to Health, Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover
Challenge.gov: Develop a Suicide Prevention App
The "Continuity of Care and Follow-Up App Challenge" challenges individuals and organizations with the development of an application (app) for a mobile handheld device. The app will provide linkages to continuity of care and follow-up care for a person at risk for suicide who was discharged from an inpatient unit or emergency department. Proposed activities can include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Live chatting via the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website
  • Safety planning
  • SMS (short message service) functionality
  • Scheduling functionality and appointment reminders
  • Mapping/transportation functionality that shows locations of health care resources.
Innovation is highly encouraged. At a minimum, entrants must include safety planning and utilize two resources to provide users with access to services through the crisis centers within the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the SAMHSA Treatment Locator. The top three entrants will be eligible for a total of $100,000. Please be aware there is a 2-month deadline.
Note: SAMHSA is not looking for an application that simply connects a user to a crisis line via a single button; that functionality is found in a number of other suicide prevention applications.


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