#depressionhurts launches Christmas 2012 app to combat depression and bullying

17 Dec 2012

A free cloud-based app for smartphones aimed at providing immediate support to help and advise those affected by depression, suicidal thoughts and bullying has been launched by Twitter-based social enterprise #depressionhurts.

The app, available at online, can be downloaded onto any smartphone, tablet or PC device.

#depressionhurts has no budget other than a currency of goodwill from its supporters and provides a variety of support services in Ireland and the UK.

The app was designed pro bono by Pratheesh Kumar of csgireland.com.

“One of the big issues with depression, suicidal thoughts or bullying is that people need help immediately,” #depressionhurts’ co-founder Norah Bohan said.

“We wanted to provide a go-to app to allow people to find instant information, help and emergency support for themselves or others.”

#depressionhurts’ website provides a wealth of comprehensive information, useful links and support to users, including real-life stories and experiences of those affected by depression.

Specialist sections exist with content for teachers and students and also employees, employers and trade unions, as treatment of mental health within the workplace is an area where stigma is seen to be a particular problem.

Below: A video produced by #depressionhurts to coincide with the launch of the app at the weekend


John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years