The Check-in app

Youthbeyondblue and Melbourne app developers, Two Bulls with the support of the Vodafone Foundation have created The Check-in app. Download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Who’s it for?

Anyone who wants to check in with a friend but is concerned about saying the wrong thing or making the situation worse.

How’s it work?

The app takes you through four steps, super easy and super quick, getting you to think about where you might check in, what you might say and how might you support your friend. There is also a section showing you things to consider, such as what if my friend denies there is a problem or what if I say something silly.

After you have had your conversation you can go back into the app and rate how it went. The app will then give you advice on the next steps.

There’s also links to where you can get support and tips from young people.

Where do you get it?

It’s free to download from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

What are young people saying about it?

“This app is so incredibly unique and really takes the ‘fear’ aspect out of having a conversation with a friend about how they are going. It's not an easy conversation to have, and this app provides the building blocks for how you would approach this conversation and reinforces the importance of talking about concerns. It's an interactive and productive app that will give a confidence boost to the people using it in talking about mental illness. I'd recommend it to everyone I know." – blueVoices member, age 18

“I think the app is really well done, and I think it serves a great purpose in guiding that conversation with your friend. I like how you've talked about how lots of actions and reactions are okay, even asking something simple as ’How are you?’ or just being there for your friend is still really helpful. Not everyone is confident in having that conversation, and that's okay, because not everyone probably wants to talk about what's on their mind anyways.” – blueVoices member, age 22

“I think it would be extremely helpful to people – it covers the common questions and also what to do/suggestions if you don't get the answer that you were expecting.” – blueVoices member, age 21

Have a conversation with someone you are worried about

We have put together some resources to help you start a conversation when someone you know isn't acting the way they usually do. There are some videos that can help you with what to say and what to do as well as some more tips.