State announces smartphone suicide prevention app

(AP) - State officials are announcing a new suicide prevention smartphone app for soldiers.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Maj. Gen. Terry "Max" Haston, the state adjutant general, will announce "Guard Your Buddy" Tuesday afternoon. According to a news release from the Tennessee National Guard, it is the first app of its kind in the country.

The announcement will coincide with a celebration of the 375th birthday of the National Guard.

Clark Flatt, founder of the Jason Foundation, is also scheduled to discuss the app. The foundation works to prevent youth suicide.

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