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New App Gives Lassen High Students Instant Access to Professional Help

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

A new online app, being provided to Lassen High School students this week, gives someone in crisis the ability to summon urgent help with just one ‘tap’ on their smart phone. The iCrisis app, which is being rolled out nationwide, gives instant access to a trained professional and resources to help keep the student safe.

According to Crisis Connection International, the team who developed the app, suicide rates are at a 30-year high among all ages, the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and currently the second leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year olds.

Rural counties like ours consistently have higher suicide rates than metropolitan counties, according to data from 2001 to 2005 released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

iCrisis allows the caller to contact a variety of organizations designed to help those in crisis or who are suicidal. Additionally, local behavioral health centers are listed by county. The app uses geo-targeting to find the nearest call center.

Jodi Krumm, one of the Crisis Connection International developers, explains the impetus behind creation of the life-saving app, “I have lived and worked in the Susanville area for the last 14 years. I have hurt with the rest of our community over the number of loved ones in our community, especially our young people, who we have lost to suicide.”

“When my colleagues and I began working of this app two years ago, the concept of providing faster access to local crisis professionals was foremost. We have all been touched in our lives by suicide either personally or professionally.”

Krumm said that the team explored ways to provide those resources with the technology available and chose smart phones as a platform because very few people, especially teens, are without them.

“When I shared with our team the recent loss of our young teens in the early school year we knew we had to step up and help this community.”

iCrisis is donating a license to the Lassen High School District so that local students can use the app for free.

“I have met with the Superintendent and the app is going to be introduced to the students at Lassen High School over the next coming weeks,” explained Krumm.

Notice was sent out to parents by the high school to inform them of an open meeting they can attend and ask questions regarding the app – how it works and how it will be made available on their child’s phones.

The meeting will be held in the Library at the High School this Wednesday, April 11th at 6:00p.m.


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8 Responses to New App Gives Lassen High Students Instant Access to Professional Help

  1. Catherine Rogers Schuck

    Catherine Rogers Schuck

    Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Alyssa

  2. Lisa Marie

    Lisa Marie

    Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Awesome!!!!!

  3. Jodi Krumm

    Jodi Krumm

    Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    We are currently reaching out to the County Behavioral Health, and Law enforcement CDCR as well as all Lassen County Schools.

    • Shelly Baxter

      Shelly Baxter

      Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Jodi – I don’t think we’ve met. I’ve been out of the loop for at least a year. I used to be the Director for the Aurora Network and attended many county wide meetings about issues similar to this. I saw Jenna Agulira at Soroptimists today and she said you were working on this issue. THANK YOU!!! Let me know if there is something I can do to help

    • Jodi Krumm

      Jodi Krumm

      Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      Any solid points of contact that I can reach out to would be great!. We want to make the App available to as many as possible, this means getting it out there for free to the individual thru their place of employment or benefit plans etc. pm me and we can meet some time 😉

  4. Dante Valerga

    Dante Valerga

    Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 11:07 am

    This is amazing. But it still wont help with the bullying issue going on at lassen high school.

    • Jodi Krumm

      Jodi Krumm

      Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      No Dante it won’t address Bullying but it will give the student a resource to help with other options than to take their life…:(

  5. Shelly Baxter

    Shelly Baxter

    Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 10:00 am

    This is awesome!!! Wouldn’t it be great if ALL Lassen CO residents could have access to something like this? Maybe the county (Health and Human Services, Sheriff, etc) could look into options

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