Minplan "Myplan" is a safety plan in the form of a mobile app to manage a personal crisis effectively. Any person, young or old, may at times experience considerable stress due to various reasons. It may be fear of failure in school or college, drastic change in career, unexpected loss in business, or emotional upheaval in personal life. It helps the individual identify the warning signs beforehand, recognize them when they come into play, and take corrective action by seeking help from the nearest counselor or form a trusted friend or relative. MYPLAN is a simple and versatile tool which can be translated and customized according to local needs in any country.

At present, there is little evidence-based research on the effect of apps intended for preventing suicides. A Danish research project has recently received 3.2 million Kr. ($ 500.000) from the Danish Trygfonden to examine the effectiveness of an app-based safety plan for people at risk of suicide. The project will apply focus group interviews, workshops as well as a randomised clinical trial. A major priority of the project is user involvement and feedback will be collected through focus group interviews and a user panel. The newly appointed user panel consists of people sampled across age groups who have experiences using the app.

MYPLAN app was first developed in Denmark during 2013 and was successfully tested in suicide prevention clinics across the country. It was later introduced in Norway with an equal measure of success. There are more than 10000 downloads in these two countries. Both users and clinicians have given positive feedback about this app to fight against emotional distress leading to suicide. This app remains within the reach of the user at all times inside the mobile device they use regularly. Hence, there is no fear of forgetting it elsewhere they need it badly which is the greatest advantage. In addition, this app makes use of a storage solution for keeping personal information safely using the internet. There is no need to worry if someone will inadvertently come across the personal information.

"We are very happy about the support from TrygFonden which enables us to improve the features of MYPLAN to suit the needs of users, " says Jette L.S.Larsen, developer of MYPLAN.

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