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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Collaborates with Most Days Mental Health App to Provide Suicide Prevention Expertise and Content

18 May 2022 — 3 min read

By AFSP

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NEW YORK (May 18, 2022) The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the nation’s largest suicide prevention organization, has contributed expertise and content on suicide prevention and suicide loss to Most Days, a daily routine app that helps people track their mental health and well-being through different routines, as well as support through the app’s community network. This is AFSP’s first foray into the mental health digital app space.

As apps become more prevalent as a way to help with mental health, with thousands already in use, it’s important that the public know that not all apps are created equally. Many studies show that there is a preponderance of lack of input from experts for most mental health apps.

“Most Days is among the apps available today which offers user content that is created by licensed psychologists, practicing physicians, and scientists. Having quality guidance and support for the public is of the utmost importance,” said Dr. Doreen Marshall, vice president of mission engagement at AFSP. “Everyone is in a different place on their mental health journey and access to services is not equitable. While Most Days does not replace professional mental health services, it does provide a way for anyone to access help and connection to others within the community for support.”

The premise of Most Days is designed to help members support their mental health and self-care activities most days while establishing routines and care to support mental wellness. On the app, self-care activities are built into routines. There are routines around living with anxiety, depression, sleep, suicide prevention and suicide loss, mental wellness, stress, burnout, ADHD, OCD, productivity, and more. Based on the science that says that having other people providing support increases behavior change, the app has a social component that allows members to provide status updates and get feedback from others through their communities. The app allows members to track their progress and other features to help optimize completion of routine activities. Currently, Most Days has more than 50K members.

“We were concerned when we saw people talking about self-harm and suicidal ideation and we reached out to the AFSP for their help. Our collaboration has resulted in four routines related to suicide prevention that are providing our members with guidance from an organization leading the field in this work,” said Most Days Founder & CEO Brent Franson.

AFSP’s Dr. Marshall, who is also a licensed psychologist, drafted the four routines related to suicide prevention:

  • Thoughts of Self-harm or Suicide
  • Healing After Surviving a Suicide Attempt
  • Supporting Others Who May Have Thoughts of Self-harm or Suicide
  • Grieving Loss of a Friend or Family Member from Suicide

Every routine has a resources section which includes information on how to find treatment, and emergency hotline numbers for crisis support. Join one of our AFSP routines on Most Days.

Currently the app is available only for Apple operating systems and will be available on Android phones by the end of the year. It’s free to use and does not sell user information to third parties. 

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When reporting on suicide, please include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number (1-800-273-TALK), which provides 24/7, free, and confidential support or the Crisis Text Line (text TALK to 741741).

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, including those who have had a loss. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, with an Advocacy office in Washington, DC, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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