Submitted by Lily Lee, Transition Facilitator, Youthab
The Be Safe app was originally developed in London, Ontario to help youth manage mental health and addiction crises and link them to services in the surrounding areas. With funding from the South East LHIN, Hastings-Prince Edward (H-PE) was one of 13 new regions added to the app this past summer. We are very pleased to inform you that the Be Safe app for H-PE has been tested, tweaked and approved for launch.
Please click these links to find the how-to-use guide, Be Safe poster, card, and the paper version of the app to share with frontline staff who work with youth aged 14 to 24. QR codes on the Be Safe posters and cards facilitate the link to download Be Safe on Youthab’s Apps page.
- Be Safe features a personal safety plan, including coping strategies, personal and medical information. It is recommended that the information be completed during a time of stability, perhaps with the help of a counsellor or parent. The personal information can be password protected.
- Be Safe informs youth of local and provincial mental health and addiction crisis resources.
- Be Safe has a built in decision tool. Through a series of questions to assess the level of need, Be Safe provides suggestions of appropriate community resources.
- 911 Emergency Response has a text response option for individuals with hearing or speech impairments. (A client’s cell phone number would need to be registered with their wireless provider first. For emergencies, a call must be made to 911 first to receive a text response.) For more info, visit http://textwith911.ca/.
- A paper version of the safety plan and information about Be Safe can be downloaded from the apps page on our website http://www.youthab.ca/apps/.
In a few weeks, you will be receiving printed Be Safe posters and business-size cards to promote the app with youth clients. In addition, a press release will be sent to the local media.