After a suicide attempt, this teen created an app to help others struggling with mental health issues

Hannah Lucas created 'NotOK' app which allows users to quickly ask for help


It's OK to be not OK.

That is the message, Hannah Lucas, inventor of the notOK app, is trying to spread. With her efforts, she has helped over 100,000 users remain safe and cope with mental health issues.


"In today's society, we crave perfection. We crave the flawless image. Frankly we just need to get ok with being not ok. We need to accept our flaws and love ourselves no matter what. That's what this app is here for," Lucas said.

Lucas developed notOK because of her own personal experience. She was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS, a chronic illness that causes fainting.

"Basically it just caused me to pass out or faint," Lucas said. "When it got to the point that I couldn't walk most days ... God it was the worst feeling in the entire world."

One evening, her mom, Robin Lucas, found Hannah attempting suicide. It was this moment, that Hannah realized her chronic illness had affected her more than she knew.

Her mom recalls, "That's when I'm like, 'Why can't you talk to me what's going on. and she's just like, 'I just wish there was a button I could press!"

"I realized that I had to make a change. I never wanted to see that look of horror on my mom's face," Lucas said.

That is when she decided to build the app as a way to help herself and others struggling with mental illness.

One in 4 people worldwide struggle mentally or emotionally. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall and the 2nd leading cause of death in people 13-24.

With the push of a button, the notOK app can let pre-selected contacts know they are Not OK and in need of help.

In this short documentary, Hannah discusses her journey and how the notOK app was born.

If you are struggling with a chronic or mental illness, please reach out to your loved ones and doctor for support and remember, it is OK to ask for help.

The 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is: 800-273-8255

For more information on the 'not OK' app, click here.