Digital Tools

Brave’s mission is to prevent overdose death through connection and technology. All of our tools - detailed below - are developed for and co-designed with the community. Our Snapshot, linked below, has more information on who we are, why we’re doing this work, and our approach.


Brave Button

Smart buttons CONNECTING people at risk with peer support

Brave Buttons are the size of a quarter, wireless, smart buttons that can be used to request supervision or support in response to opioid overdose or other emergency situations. Buttons are designed primarily for multi-unit supportive housing facilities and can be adjusted for scattered site housing projects.

Brave Buttons can be placed anywhere inside a structure and, when pressed, will notify building staff via text message that an emergency (such as an overdose, a violent guest, physical or mental pain etc.) or accident occurs at the button location. When the text message is received, building staff take action to ensure tenants receive the fastest and most appropriate response to their situation. By using Brave Buttons, building tenants can maintain a sense of personal privacy while still being able to request support from staff to ensure their safety.

The Brave Buttons are active products currently in use and available for purchase and installation. Pricing and timing for both scattered site installations and multi-resident building installations are determined on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to discuss how soon we could bring our buttons to your tenants - click below to connect with us. To learn more about our process, read our 2019 Button Report.


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Be Safe

an APp for people using alone

Designed to prevent overdose death for anyone using drugs alone, the Be Safe app is however aimed at people with smartphones and an internet connection.

Use of the app is anonymous and private, unless and until an overdose occurs, at which point the Caller’s location will be shared so that help can be sent.

It works as follows:

  • a person pushes a button in the app to connect by voice with a Supporter;

  • the Caller and Supporter stay on the phone until the Caller is no longer at risk of overdose, at which point the Caller is able to end the call.

  • if the Supporter ends the call, or is disconnected, the Caller is connected to a back-up Supporter.

  • if the Caller becomes unresponsive the Supporter notifies the Caller, through the app, that help is being called, and the Caller is given an opportunity to respond (if they have not, in fact, overdosed).

  • if the Caller does not respond, their location is disclosed to the Supporter, who connects with emergency and community responders (via Responder, see below) to send immediate help.

The Be Safe app is available for community organisations, such as supervised consumption sites, harm reduction organisations and drug user unions, to roll out to their clients and members. Click below for more information.




a digital overdose response network

Responder is the name assigned to the response network that sits on top of all of our tools. The Brave Buttons, Be Safe and ODetect all rely on similar forms of response and Responder connects people willing to act as virtual Supporters and physical Responders to those at risk of overdose. While it includes emergency response systems, Responders innovation is to include supportive housing workers, outreach teams, family, friends and community in the response process - important given that community response has been responsible for the vast majority of life-saving naloxone injections in Vancouver, and can frequently arrive faster than EMS in rural settings.




non-contact technology that detects overdose

Brave’s hardware team has developed a sensor system to detect if someone may have overdosed in an enclosed space, such as a washroom, where there are frequent overdoses. The system has been bench-top tested and is now being installed in two public locations for pilot testing and community feedback.