Hannah Lucas helps others struggling with depression. The 16-year-old and her brother created the notOK app, which allows users to click a button during a crisis moment that sends a text to pre-selected friends and family with the user’s GPS location, so they can find their loved one and help.
“It’s basically the product that everybody asks for silently. That everybody thinks they need but doesn’t really want to reach out and ask for because the stigma surrounding mental health,” she explained.
In January 2017, Lucas was diagnosed with POTS disease, which caused her to have fainting spells. She also experienced bullying from her peers because of her condition — which caused her develop depression and anxiety. She began to self-harm and even attempted to take her own life.
But then she enrolled in coding and business classes where she connected with the other developers. With her little brother’s help, they formed the company Bug and Bee, LLC and, since then, more than 26,000 people have downloaded their app.
“In the future, I hope to take this app globally and in several different languages, because it’s not just an America problem,” said Lucas. “It’s a person problem and we really need to break down the stigma surrounding mental health. It’s ok to be not ok.”