Hannah and Charlie Lucas

Health

Teen entrepreneurs launch bullying & mental illness support app

March 20, 2018
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Developed by sibling entrepreneurs Hannah and Charlie Lucas, notOK is an app designed for young people in need of mental and physical health support. Inspired by Hannah’s own development of Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTs), a condition that causes her to faint, the unpredictability of this and the fear of being alone spiraled into anxiety and depression. During one of her lowest moments, one in which she contemplated self-harm, Hannah wondered how things might be different if she had an immediate resource to help her cope? “What if there was a button I could press and someone would immediately know I was not okay?”

And so notOK was born. For many dealing with mental illness and related health issues, writing a text or making a phone call can feel impossible. But pressing a single button might be accessible enough to save a life.

notOK is available on iPhone and Android.

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