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New app aims to prevent suicide in Blair County

Blair County officials released a new app Tuesday in order to combat what they say is a growing problem in their communities. (WJAC)

Blair County officials released a new app Tuesday in order to combat what they say is a growing problem in their communities.

The app is called Columbia Protocol, and it aims to provide suicide prevention tools to those who need help.

Officials said there were 58 suicides in Blair County over the last three years and the number of suicides has been steadily increasing.

The county's suicide prevention task force said it has been using the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale in paper form since the early 2000s.

Officials said the way younger people live now with technology helped them decide how to contact those who need help.

The app currently provides the national hotline number to anyone outside Blair County, but app developers said they want to incorporate more crisis centers.

The app is available on Android and iOS platforms by searching Columbia Protocol in the app store.

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