Be Safe is a new mobile app designed to help support teens and young adults making decisions in crisis. An official launch and demonstration was recently held at the Catholic Education Centre in Wallaceburg. Be Safe has been purchased jointly by the St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent district school boards, along with the Canadian Mental Health Association. It is free to all Android and iPhone users.
“These on-line resources are a reflection of the way young people communicate in the digital world of the 21st Century,” says Dan Parr, Director of Education for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. “We know this app will be a reliable resource to help young people in crisis.”
“This is another important tool we can make available to our young people to help keep them safe and allow them to support others, says Jim Costello, Director of Education for the Lambton Kent District School Board.
“The mental health of youth is a priority for all of us; CMHA Lambton Kent is pleased to partner with both boards of education to bring this innovative project to our youth” says Alan Stevenson, Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton Kent.
Be Safe was developed by mindyourmind, an award-winning, not-for-profit mental health program that engages youth, young adults and the professionals who serve them, to co-develop reliable and relevant resources. The goal of mindyourmind is to inspire youth to reach out, get help and give help.
The Be Safe app allows users to make a safety plan and gives them options for getting help by understanding how to ask for help and empowering them to reach out safely. It also informs them about resources in Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton.
On hand for the official launch ceremony in the photo above are (L-R) Christine Preece, Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead, St. Clair Catholic DSB; Dan Parr, Director of Education, St. Clair Catholic DSB; Alan Stevenson, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton Kent; Jim Costello, Director of Education, LKDSB; Ellie Fraser, Mental Health Lead, LKDSB; and Melissa Taylor, mindyourmind.