University of California

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What is the purpose of the project?

To provide information and facilitate connection with emergency response resource for students who encounter mental health crisis in themselves or others.

How does eReadia do this?

First, we developed our own proprietary mobile publishing platform. Next, after conferring with a number of people and organizations involved with suicide prevention and college-age students, we created a template for a suicide prevention app called Just in Case. The template was developed to work well with mobile platforms like smartphones and tablets, keeping the information succinct and the opportunities to call for help easy to find and tap.

Can the template be edited to suit the needs of my campus?

Yes, we can substitute text that you have developed for text in template. Of course, all of the elements of the “look and feel” of the app will be customized for your campus, but the “branding” of the app, in terms of the approach you take to suicide prevention on your campus, can be built into the app as well. In addition, several campuses have already added information about how to get help in the event of a sexual assault or suspected alcohol poisoning.

Can we make updates to the app ourselves?

Yes, our publishing platform is designed for non-technical users. If interested, we will train you to make edits to your app directly.

How is a web “app” different from a mobile web site or responsive web site?

Web apps are designed to be used in the field; responsive web sites are designed to fit on a small screen. Most responsive web site simply stack the information on the site vertically, hide the main menu behind a button, and are not optimized to take advantage of the communication functions of the phone. Indeed, most “native apps” pull data from the web themselves, so the truly defining characteristic of an “app” is the optimization for use in the field.