JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood Monday announced an app designed to help young people struggling with depression, bullying, drug use and violence.
The 'Students Against Violence' app is "a place where students who are struggling with thoughts of suicide or are in a home where there is domestic violence can turn to local and national resources to help them through such situations."
The A.G. says the app includes categories for depression/anxiety, self-harm, suicide prevention, youth drug abuse, bullying, school violence, teen dating violence, domestic violence, underage drinking and electronic cigarettes.
“I know kids won't go look at our office's website for brochures that we have on these topics, so we decided an app like this would be a better way to reach them,” Hood said. “I hope kids who don’t feel comfortable talking to someone in person about their problems will be able to use this as a first step, recognize their problem, and find a way to address it.”
The app is available for free download on iPhone and Android phones.
Hood says it breaks out the situations listed above into separate sections, describes what a person may feel, think, or experience during that scenario, explains warning signs to identify in yourself or others, and lists resources for more help.
those resources include the Mississippi Department of Education’s 'Connections' Hotline for school violence reporting or the Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s Helpline. The phones numbers are directly linked so the user can call from within the app.
The project is a collaboration between Hood's office and the Jason Foundation, which seeks to combat youth suicide through educational and awareness programs.