Worcester residents now have an app that will help them find substance abuse and mental health resources. The name of the app is Stigma Free Worcester. Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Department of Health and Human Services teamed up to create the app.
People who use this app will be able to get information about shelters, clinics and hospitals in the area. They will also be informed when the Department of Health and Human Services gives out free food and clothing. The app is available on Android and iOS platforms.
Mayor Joseph M Petty is a big fan of the app. He stated that he hopes that it will remove the stigma that stops people from getting the help that they need. Joseph addressed the issue in a City Hall press conference. He stated that they want to make it as easy as possible for people to get the help that they need.
Edward M. Augustus Jr. is the City Manager. He praised the work that the students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute did to create the app. He said that the students have a big brain and a big heart. Additionally, Edward stated that this app will likely save lives.
He encouraged everyone to download it on their phones. He stated that people should download the app even if they do not think that they will ever need it. He believes that it can make a major difference.
Lauren Leshin is the WPI president. She stated that the app is close to her because she has family members who struggle with mental illness. She stated that people with mental illness face a lot of challenges and stigmas. She said that if the barriers are broken down, then they will have an easier time getting the help that they need.