As a teen we’ve all had those moments in life where we were not OK. I’m Alyse Hope and the uplifting news this week is about the young entrepreneurs, Hannah and Charlie Lucas, creators of the notOK app for teens. When Hannah was diagnosed last year with a medical condition that caused frequent fainting, she felt scared and alone.
The notOK app came from Hannah, who told her mom she wished there was an app she could use to quickly alert her family and friends when she needed help either physically or emotionally.
Charlie heard his sister’s idea and used coding skills he learned in summer camp to design the app. The notOK app is a digital panic button to get you immediate support via text, phone call, or GPS location. Simply open the app, tap the notOK button and a message along with your current GPS location will be sent to your 3-5 pre-selected contacts.
The notOK™ app takes the guesswork out of asking for help when you’re feeling vulnerable. Whether you’re suffering from loneliness, anxiety, depression, or anything else, immediate help is only the tap of a button away.
Your trusted contacts will be notified that they’ve been selected as your support group, so when the time comes and you need to reach out, you’ll just have to open the app and press the large, red notOK™ button.
UPDATE: This app is currently available for iOS and Android devices.
Good job Hannah and Charlie for creating safe space for our youth.