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This app connects students to crisis couselors

A principal of a local high school was awarded Saturday for his use and implementation of the SafeUT app.

Brian McGill, Alta High School Principal has implemented the app in his school. He says the reason it works is because these days students' main mode of communication is through their phones.

"What we took all of our students through an assembly to promote and advertise it...we had all of the students download the app directly onto their phones," he said.

The app is designed to provide real-time crisis intervention four youth by texting a confidential tip line. Licensed clinicians are available 24/7 and respond to all incoming chats, texts, and calls.

School administrators are given a heads up after tips are submitted so they can follow up with the students.

McGill says the amount of tips that come in varies. He says some days they will get four to five a day, other times it's four or five a week.

Students can report anything from struggling with depression to bullying or harassment.

"As an institution of learning the most important thing we can do is help students meet academic benchmarks and prepare them for college and career readiness..The social/emotional learning supports need to be in place combined with effective teaching principles and practices in order for students to self actualize and meet their optimal performance."

He says they are able to provide that support through this app.

Click here to download the app.

If you need help download the SafeUT app or call the national suicide hotline at: 1-800-273-8255.

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