Your Phone Is The New Frontline For Suicide Prevention (WNYC Radio)

(The Takeaway/WNYC) 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.