If you worried about your friends mental health but don’t know where to start, why not Check-in?
BeyondBlue // Mental Health // Depression // iOS // AppAid 2013
Having a conversation with a friend who may be a struggling is a daunting prospect for any person, but with the “Check-in” app anyone is able to easily create a plan of action.
Two Bulls and beyondblue in consultation with various young people, designed “Youthbeyondblue The Check-in” app. The app aims to take the fear out of having a conversation with a friend who may be in need. One in four young people aged 16-24 experience depression or anxiety, but only a quarter will talk to a health professional. Young people are more likely to confide in their friends when they’re having a hard time, this is what The Check-in app aims to promote.
The Check-in app helps the user build a conversation plan including: where they will have the conversation, what they will ask, what they have noticed and what they can do to support their friend. The app also provides young people the chance to rate the conversation and get advice on what the next steps should be in helping their friend.
The Check-in app provides links to a range of online and phone services appropriate for young people in Australia. It also provides tips and advice from young people who have been through these conversations with friends.
The Check In app makes use of Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide the backend and API’s that allow users to collaborate and share tips with each other. This allows for the app to scale as demand fluctuates and ensure availability to its large user base.
The app was created for AppAid 2013, a fantastic initiative supported by Vodafone that helps turn great ideas into apps for some of Australia’s leading charities.
“This app is so incredibly unique and really takes the ‘fear’ aspect out of having a conversation with a friend about how they are going. It’s not an easy conversation to have, and this app provides the building blocks for how you would approach this conversation and reinforces the importance of talking about concerns. It’s an interactive and productive app that will give a confidence boost to the people using it in talking about mental illness. I’d recommend it to everyone I know.” – blueVoices member, age 18