AN innovative free app that could potentially save people from suicide is now available for Halton residents.

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day today (Tuesday, September 10) residents are being encouraged to download the 'Stay Alive' app which could help save someone who is at risk of suicide.

The app is free to download and has been developed by charity Grassroots.

It includes resources on how to find help from local crisis services, quick access to national crisis support helplines, a safety plan that can be filled out and used, a LifeBox which the user can upload photos from their phone, strategies for staying safe, how to help someone thinking about suicide, research based reasons for living and suicide bereavement resources.

Halton Borough Council's executive board member for health and wellbeing, Cllr Marie Wright said: “Our aim as part of the NO MORE Suicide strategy is to reduce the numbers of suicides by having the help and support in place when people most need it

"The Stay Alive app will be a key resource in this vision, and I believe that it really could help to save lives from suicide.

"I would urge everyone to download the app so that in the unfortunate circumstance that you encounter someone who needs help, the app is ready and waiting to assist you.”

Developers have created a localised version of the app with appropriate sign-posting within Cheshire and Merseyside.

The Stay Alive app is free and available to download for iOS and Android devices.