Your Phone is the New Frontline for Suicide Prevention

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The suicide rate in the U.S. is at a 30-year high, but social media, apps, and cell phones are trying to change our mental health system for the better.
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With suicide in the U.S. at a 30-year high, new technology is offering hope in the battle for better mental health.

This is why Siri sends suicidal users to a hotline. Soon, Facebook will report worrisome posts to local law enforcement. And a host of new apps are trying to make suicide prevention as effective, accessible, and wide-reaching as possible.

Dr. Joseph Franklin, an assistant professor of psychology at Florida State University, joins The Takeaway to discuss his new suicide-prevention app, and how effective high-tech suicide prevention strategies really are. Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear the full interview.