Baby Buddy Launches New Crisis Messenger App
Parenthood can be a challenge at the best of times. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, panicked and full of self-doubt. Becoming a new parent, being at home on your own at home for large chunks of the day with a small mysterious being for company can leave you feeling socially isolated. Imagine if on top of all of the above, as a parent you are suffering from a relationship breakdown or have financial stress. Perhaps there is ill health in the family or a diagnosis of additional needs for one of your children. It can feel as though you are swimming against a ferocious tide and you desperately need armbands.
This is where Baby Buddy can come in. It cannot solve all of your problems, it cannot give you confidence overnight but hopefully it can be there as a bit of an armband. To support you to keep afloat. To stop you feeling so alone.
The multi-award winning Baby Buddy App (created by Best Beginnings) has been designed to ‘empower parents with relevant knowledge, self-awareness and the confidence to look after their own and their baby’s long-term well-being and development.’ The app is regularly reviewed and has been developed in collaboration with parents, midwives and various organisations. The idea of the Baby Buddy app is that it becomes a virtual friend to parents.
Baby Buddy is now taking things one step further with their new Crisis Messenger App. All you have to do is text BABYBUDDY to 85258 for free 24/7 confidential text support from a trained counsellor when you’re in emotional pain or a crisis.
‘The trained volunteer will introduce themselves by text, reflect on what you’ve said, and invite you to share at your own pace. You’ll text back and forth, only sharing what you feel comfortable with. By asking questions, listening to you and responding with support, they will help you sort through your feelings until you both feel you are now in a calm, safe place.’
The text messages will not appear on your bill and you can cancel the conversation at any time by texting STOP.
For more info visit: https://www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/crisis-messenger