New mobile phone app helps disaster first responders

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently released a mobile phone app to help responders access critical, behavioral health-related resources from their phones in the aftermath of disasters. Called GO2AID, the app is designed to provide behavioral healthcare providers in the field access to evidence-based mental health and substance use information, tools and resources. The app allows responders to:

  •  Be ready—access resources for any type of traumatic event, including tip sheets, guides for responders, teachers, parents, and caregivers; and a directory of behavioral health service providers in the impacted area.
  • Be prepared—rely on and access pre-downloaded resources in case of limited Internet connectivity in the field.
  • Be confident—reviewing key preparedness materials.

A demonstration of the user interface can be found here.

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