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The 12 Days of mindyourmind: Day 2 - Be Safe
The 12 Days of mindyourmind blog series seeks to highlight the ways in which you can use the tools we've created with the youth you work with. We know that it can be difficult to think of new ideas, so we've compiled some of our best resources and interesting ways to use them.
Giving students and young adults practical information and tools can help them manage difficult situations independently. This doesn't suggest that they must do it alone, but the more prepared and informed they are, the better the outcome of some potentially serious situations. In this blog, we'll be highlighting one of our free mobile apps: Be Safe!
The Be Safe app was created with a group of young adults with lived experience of mental illness and/or addiction, who were asked to help design a safety-planning app in collaboration with the mindyourmind team and healthcare professionals. Features of this free app include:
- A decision tree will help direct the user to appropriate services
- User can create a digital safety plan that is stored in the app
- A list of general Ontario-wide resources, or resources specific to your community if your region has signed up to be on the app
- If the user is meeting a new professional, the app is a quick and easy way to share their safety plan and other important info
- Alternatively, a paper copy of the safety plan can be printed and filled out as well
- Tips for reaching out and accessing help
Here is one example of how you could incorporate this app into group programming:
- Have them download the app on their iOS or Android mobile devices
- While they are doing this, do a quick ice breaker! E.g. each person has to think of a positive coping strategy that starts with the same letter as their name
- Have printed copies of the Be Safe app safety plan available (English | French | Arabic)
- Remind the youth about privacy and have a group discussion about the importance of protecting the personal info in their safety plan
- Ask the youth to explore all sections of the app
- Have a closing activity that has the group discuss the benefits of having this app in their back pocket.
Having resources readily available is important for youth and young adults so they know when to reach out for help and what to expect. It's also nice for them to have time with a reliable adult present to explore apps like this, so that they can ask questions these topics might bring up.
We hope this has given you some inspiration. If you have any different ideas or interesting ways you've used our tools, we'd love to hear about it. Stay tuned for our next installment of The 12 Days of mindyourmind, dropping tomorrow!
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