Not OK

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`Panic button app to help people to alert a small group of contacts that they are not feeling `OK’ and need help.

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App designed so that people can press a `panic’ button on their phone to alert contacts they trust that they need help.

Users can:

  • Set up an account using their alert contact details, such as mobile phone details and email
  • Choose up to 5 contacts, who will be invited to be the ones who would be contacted in a crisis
To alert these trusted contacts, users simply press the red button in the app.

This then sends:

  • The message: “Hey, I’m not OK. Please call, text or come find me.”
  • The sender’s current location using GPS. 

 When the crisis passes the sender can press the green button in the app to show their trusted contacts that they are feeling better.

Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)  ·  Medical


Reviewer: Mental Health America, US-based not-for-profit

MHA [Mental Health America’]’s 2018 mPower Award goes to Hannah and Charlie Lucas from Cumming, Georgia for the creation of the notOK App™. Hannah, 16, struggled with depression and self-harm last year, her freshman year of high school, after being diagnosed with a chronic illness that led her to be bullied and taunted at school. An idea formed in her head during her lowest moment: an app that would let people know she was not OK. With the assistance of her younger brother, Charlie, 13, the Lucas children got to work on the app idea which would become the notOK App™. 

The notOK App™ is a digital panic button that stores up to five trusted contacts that can be reached via text message that says: “Hey, I’m not OK. Please call, text, or come check up on me” along with the user’s GPS location. With the recent launch of the notOK App™, Hannah and Charlie have been able to empower people struggling with mental illness to get the help they need from their friends and family.”
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