Life-saving app launched for health tech company, Better
21 February 2019
Mental health and suicide are growing global issues. These are issues which affect many of us directly or indirectly, and have touched the lives of some of us at Oi.
That’s why Oi has joined forces with a team of world-leading psychologists and health experts to launch Better - a health tech company that makes apps to save and improve lives.
The agency is creating a series of apps to stop mental health problems (suicide, depression, anxiety), addictions (alcohol, drugs, gambling), and physical illnesses like obesity and sleep disorders. All the apps are marketed under the Better brand and will be available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Over 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is more than one person every minute. It affects the lives of millions more around the world. There are indications that for each adult death by suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide. And it’s increasing at a rapid rate.
The first Better app, called Better Stop Suicide, has just launched globally across the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. It is a free app to simply help people press their own stop button should suicidal thoughts come to them, and to buy time so they can find further help and support.
“It’s important to remember suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and a calm person’s thinking brain knows that,” said John Halker, Co-Founder of Better.
Key features of the Better Stop Suicide app are; Calming audio files, quick access to key phone contacts, gratitude checklist, built-in alarm clock, better sleep audio file, emotional needs ‘quick’ check, helpful tasks to feel better, and the app allows people to record a life-saving message to themselves.
“The design and key features of the app use proven psychological techniques to make people stop. It helps them become more rational and, when they are feeling calmer, to record a message that will save their own life should they feel suicidal again. It also provides access to support charities and organisations,” added Mr Halker.
Visit the Better website to find out more or follow its social channels for updates, latest news and interesting articles about better mental health.