The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a range of mobile mental health tools for use in the new year. There are four new applications available to those wanting to support mental health at home, in their communities, or professionally.
-"Suicide Safe" prepares mental health providers for conversations with patients at risk for suicide by offering conversation starters, safe approaches, and resources for patients. It "helps providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients."
-"KnowBullying" is designed specially to help caregivers of children aged 3-18 recognize the warning signs of bullying and talk with children about it. It hopes to "prevent bullying and build resilience" by promoting awareness and using social media and school-specific strategies.
-"SAMHSA Disaster App" equips health providers on the ground in the wake of a disaster to support those recovering from trauma and empower community leaders to assist in mental health recovery. The app also facilitates the easy transfer of online resources to colleagues and survivors. It "lets responders focus on what really matters - the people in need."
-"Talk. They Hear You" is an "interactive game" to help caregivers of teenagers and older children prepare for conversations around underage drinking, which can be among "the most important conversations they may ever have."