Track­ing mates’ well­be­ing in real time

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Sydney Confidential -

JACK Sin­gle­ton (in­set) has backed new free on­line app Be A Looper that aims to help peo­ple in frag­ile men­tal health sit­u­a­tions.

The son of legendary busi­ness­man John

Sin­gle­ton is on the board of RUOK? sui­cide preven­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion. “Last week the app was re­leased … and I ca­su­ally started to add peo­ple and, to my sur­prise, I was al­most im­me­di­ately no­ti­fied one of my friends was strug­gling with life and its com­plex­i­ties,” Sin­gle­ton said of the app, a daily check-in tool and peer sup­port ini­tia­tive. “My RUOK train­ing taught me to have the im­por­tant con­ver­sa­tions, but Be A Looper showed me my friend was not track­ing well with her men­tal health in real time. I no­ticed she posted a very small blue, mean­ing her men­tal health was low and was in need of some sup­port. I im­me­di­ately re­ceived a no­ti­fi­ca­tion prompt­ing (me) to reach out and help her.”

Other app sup­port­ers in­clude Fiona Falkiner, Nikki Gold­stein and Maude Garrett.

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