The Sorter is specifically designed to suit the way young blokes want to address their mental health, by doing stuff for themselves. - Jono Nicholas, ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation CEO
Young men in Australia are more than four times as likely to die as a result of suicide than young women1. With today’s launch of The Sorter mobile app, ReachOut.com continues to pioneer action-oriented interventions designed to engage young men and help them through their tough times.
About the app
Aimed at young men 18+ and deriving its name from the expression ‘get shit sorted’, The Sorter is a mobile phone application that provides free, bite-sized pieces of advice across five areas that young men highlight as causing the most concern.
The 5 topics covered are:
- Sex & relationships
- Alcohol & other drugs
- Friends & family
- Study stress
- Work & cash
- The Sorter app allows young people to determine the depth of advice they’re looking for by using an interactive sensor.
- It includes a shake function when young people are ready for their next piece of advice.
- A ‘Got It Sorted’ section where young people can record areas that have been addressed
- The app provides clear pathways through to Australia’s leading online youth mental health service ReachOut.com for more serious and in-depth advice
How would I use this with young people?
The Sorter provides a great 'light touch' way of engaging young men in topics relating to mental health and life stressors. By providing short, practical advice in language that appeals to young men, it can start them on the road to being more proactive and constructive in their approach to problems in life.
We suggest: recommend the app to young people as a fun and easy way to get tips on sorting out different problems that come up. Suggest young people use it to come up with ideas for tackling problems they're dealing with, to talk about in your next session or discussion.
Why the app?
In addition to 15 years of knowledge ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation have gained whilst helping young people via ReachOut.com, Australian research published in 2013 supports the need to focus on young men’s mental health in a new way2.
“The research suggests that young men are less likely to seek professional help for themselves, preferring self-help and action oriented strategies” Jono says. “That’s where The Sorter comes in, specifically designed to suit the way young blokes want to address their mental health, by doing stuff for themselves”.
As lead partner in the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, one of the authors of the research, ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation continues to lead the way in using the enabling power of technology to improve mental health outcomes for young Australians.
“ReachOut.com was the first online mental health service in the world, we’re very proud of that” Jono says.
“We’re also very proud that The Sorter symbolises the next generation of mental health interventions, designed specifically to help young Aussie men”.
- ABS (2013) 3303.0 – Causes of Death, Australia, 2011, Australian Government, Canberra.
- Ellis et al.: Young men’s attitudes and behaviour in relation to mental health and technology: implications for the development of online mental health services. BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:119.