The people going through mental illness don’t know what to tell people and sadly, stigma is not helping the situation. Thankfully, there’s more awareness surrounding the subject, which encourages people to seek for help.
When Hannah Lucas was 15 years old, she was diagnosed with a condition called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), a form of dysautonomia that causes increased heart rate whenever she stands up. Her body does not control her blood pressure or heart rate as it should.
That means whenever she stands, she may not get enough blood to her brain, which in turn makes her feel dizzy. Her autoimmune system attacks her body and that causes fatigue, which makes her faint.
As a result of this, she got bullied a lot and that led to depression, which soon led to self-harming. One day, while she was cutting herself, her mother walked in on her and in the moment when she was held by her mother, she told her that she wished there was an app that would allow her to alert a friend or family when she is not ok.
Her brother heard about it and decided to take a coding class. He helped her design the app and they got a developer to build it.
The app, Not OK allows users to press a button that sends a text message to up to five pre-selected contacts alongside with the current GPS location of the sender. The app has been downloaded over 26, 000 times since it was launched.
Now, whenever Hannah isn’t feeling well at school, she opens the app and just taps the notOK button, which automatically sends out a text message that reads: “Hey, I’m not OK. Please call me, text me, or come find me,” to trusted friends and family.
After years of battling depression, 15-year-old Hannah Lucas created an app to help people reach out for help
Posted by NowThis Her on Thursday, May 17, 2018
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