Federal mental health mobile app released

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released a new mobile app to help those with serious mental illnesses deal with mental health crises.

My Mental Health Crisis Plan—available for Android and iPhone—offers an easy, step-by-step way to create and share a psychiatric advance directive. During a mental health episode, the app includes:

  • Preferences for treatment options, medication, hospitals, doctors, and other mental health professionals
  • Decide who can act on their behalf, by
  • Designations for a trusted healthcare agent, proxy, or health care power of attorney to make decisions
  • The names of people to notify
  • Sharing functionality

A psychiatric advance directive is a legal document with a list of instructions from the individual and to be followed if they can’t make their own decisions during a mental health crisis.

SAMHSA is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They have a free, always-open, confidential national helpline—(800) 662-HELP—that offers information in English and Spanish about substance use and mental disorders.

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