An App for helping parents on the topic of bullying? Yes, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has developed FREE apps on some tough topics. These apps have resources that can help address some of the toughest mental health and substance use challenges, including suicide prevention, bullying prevention, behavioral health following a disaster, and underage drinking prevention. The names and description of these apps are:
Suicide Safe – This is designed to help health care providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients.
KnowBullying – This app provides information and guidance on ways to prevent bullying and build resilience in children. A great tool for parents and educators, KnowBullying is meant for kids age 3 to 18.
SAMHSA Disaster App – This app provides responders with access to critical resources – like Psychological First Aid and Responder Self-Care and SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to help responders provide support to survivors after a disaster.
They Hear You – This app is an interactive game that can help parents and caregivers prepare for one of the more important conversations they may ever have with children – underage drinking.
To learn more and to download SAMHSA’s free apps use this link: http://www.store.samhsa.gov/apps/
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Linda Hyder, UT Extension Sevier County