The app will match a user to a therapist or coach, showing their rating and expertise, with the capability to text and even video calls via FaceTime.
A prototype of the app is ready and will soon launch a trial program in two communities. For Aboriginal youth in Cross Lake, Manitoba as well as in Storey’s hometown of Woodstock, Ontario.
“There are a lot of complex issues in Aboriginal communities but youth suicide is across our country, so that’s why we said Woodstock and plus it’s my hometown as well,” Storey says in a phone interview.
The program will see 100 youth (50 in each town) receive phones with the app. Storey is currently in talks with telecommunications companies that will provide the phones and data plans. The youth participants will then be able to provide feedback and thoughts on the app.
“We can say this is something that’s accessible, everyone can have it,” she says about snapclarity.
After the three-month trial, Storey says, “We’ll have the full product ready by, the deadline right now is the end of January 2017, and that will be our launch. We’re starting in Canada first.”
“Anything can happen,” she adds later.
Storey says she wants to change the way people think about mental health and “change the brand of it,” but it’s more than that.