My3 - Support Network

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Make a plan, get support to stop suicidal thoughts.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about maintaining mental health through self-awareness, handling stress, seeking support, moving beyond obstacles, making wise decisions. 

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Step-by-step instructions. Clear visual icons. Emergency hotline numbers displayed prominently.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My3 - Support Network is a crisis support app for people who experience suicidal thoughts. Users can choose three trusted people from their contacts list to place on the app (911 and the number for the National Suicide Hotline are automatically listed). It also guides users through creating their own safety plan, where they list warning signs, coping strategies, distractions, their "reason to live," and more. There's also a further resources page that links users to organizations that help people with specific needs, such as suicide attempt survivors, LGBTQ youth, and more. Note: Apps designed for mental health purposes are best used in conjunction with a mental health professional (when warranted) and aren't a substitute for professional treatment. The privacy policy applies to the organization's website and not specifically to the app, so there's no way to know exactly what information is collected and shared via the app. The app description states that "... all your sensitive information is automatically stored confidentially." However, without a specific privacy policy, it's best for teens. 

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What's it about?

To use MY3 - SUPPORT NETWORK, first allow the app to access your device's contacts. This is a "core feature" of this app, so it must be enabled. Select three of your contacts that you could reach out to in a moment of suicidal thoughts. As per the app, "These should be people who you trust, and who know you have had past thoughts about suicide." To add a contact, select "add contact" from your home screen and choose a contact from your address book. Icons on the main page include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and 911. To create a safety plan, tap "Get Started" and follow the instructions. The resources section can help users find help specific to veterans, LGBTQ youth, suicide attempt survivors, and more. 

Is it any good?

While no tech can substitute for in-person support, this app provides valuable tools for suicide prevention. My3 - Support Network helps users think ahead -- at a time when they're not in crisis -- to create a safety plan and avoid entering crisis mode. The app also prompts users to choose three safe people to contact if the safety plan isn't working and they're struggling with suicidal thoughts that they can't manage on their own. It's clear that My3 - Support Network was created by mental health professionals (The Mental Health Association of New York City) who have a lot of knowledge about the important questions, information, and thoughts that those who struggle with suicidal thoughts need to have at their fingertips in moments of crisis. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to select the three people for the core contact list on My3 - Support Network. The app developer suggests that the people selected should be trusted and should already know that the user struggles with suicidal thoughts.

  • Talk about the value of working through the safety plan template on My3 - Support Network. How does having a safety plan help?

  • If your kid struggles with mental health issues, check out Common Sense Media's Mental Health parent resources page

App details

For kids who love mental health and meditation apps

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