Kids Help Phone, a Canadian phone counseling service for youth, recently released Canada’s first mobile app to connect youth with live and professional support. The app, named Always There, allows young people all over Canada to more easily reach professional counselors, access clinically-sound information and features that support their social and emotional help.

Always There was developed in collaboration with youth over the last year and financial support from Bell Let’s Talk, The Jack Project and other Kids Help Phone donors.

“It was important for us that the Always There app be developed in collaboration with youth,” said Sharon Wood, President and CEO of Kids Help Phone. “Our clinical philosophy is to recognize kids’ own strengths and input in finding solutions that are right for them. This app helps them connect with professional insights, but also helps them share some of their own answers and solutions with other kids. It sends a strong message that, no matter who or where you are, someone cares. You’re never alone.”

The app is password protected and encourages users to read about emotional health and relationship topics such as anxiety, depression, family abuse and helping friends. It also provides direct links to phone numbers or online websites which connect to Kids Help Phone counselors.

Always There currently includes English versions available for iOS, Android and Blackberry devices with a French version and additional features in the works for early 2013.

 

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