Associated Press, Published: February 27, 2012
WOODBURY, N.Y. — A New York company has developed a free smartphone app aimed at helping veterans struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide.
Woodbury-based MilitaryFamily.com says the “Operation Reach Out” app is designed for service members who may be depressed, suffering from PTSD or having suicidal thoughts.
It was developed in collaboration with psychologist. It is free for both the iPhone and Android.
It provides a telephone number for instant connection to a help center. It also includes video vignettes aimed at helping depressed and suicidal people.
The military has seen increases in suicide rates since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Department of Defense statistics indicate that 18 veterans commit suicide every day. One out of every five suicide victims is a veteran.
—Copyright 2012 Associated Press