Community Safety Coordinator, Dalhousie University
"While we were still in the planning stages of DalSAFE, only newly connected to our friends at AppArmor, they sent me a working prototype of the app so we could explore its functionality and practical uses. In short, it was an extreme test drive. We previously discussed, as an essential feature, the ability for DalSAFE users to easily connect to a variety of on-campus and off-campus supports, especially ones that respond to mental health related in the event of a crisis. One particular weekend, I was working as extra duty at an on-campus sporting event and was alerted to a student that was presenting as emotionally distressed. When I talked to her, she disclosed that she made a suicide attempt earlier that day and made it clear that she planned complete later that evening. At the time, I was the only one who had access to DalSAFE app and didn’t have the contact information for the Mobile Crisis Unit otherwise. With just a touch of a button, I got in contact with the police mobile crisis team and they were on scene within minutes attending to the situation. I knew immediately that we had a winning strategy with the app focused on making resources accessible and available… not just for the students but us first responders as well."
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