Be Safe is an easy to use, accessible tool available 24/7 to support decision making during a crisis. Be Safe is available in an app version and as a pocket guide, aimed to help youth who are challenged by suicide ideation, self-harm, alcohol or drug addiction and/or problem gambling. The Be Safe App was created by a dedicated team of youth, mindyourmind, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and other partners in the Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives initiative in London, Ontario. The app is available for download through Apple or Google Play, and is now live in Kenora, Dryden, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Fort Frances.
Be Safe features include;
- A personal safety plan, including reminders of unique coping strategies and a crisis plan with personal and medical information
- A decision-making tool, offering suggestions for local resources that might be appropriate, as well as a personalized ‘Get Help’ script, drawing from answers to construct a guide for reaching out to professionals or other supports
- A list of local resources, including hours of operation, ages served and contact details
The Be Safe App can be used by any young person who has been in a mental health or emotional crisis or who may experience a crisis. It is important that the young person and support person look over Be Safe together. It is best completed when the young person is not in crisis.
For more information on the app check out www.mindyourmind.ca.