The Best Inventions of 2021
November 10, 2021 6:15 AM EST

Americans know to call 911 when dealing with an emergency. But whom do you call when neither law enforcement nor paramedics are the right choice for the problem at hand? Griselda Viteri, then a finance manager at the design firm Big Human, came up with a solution: Subdial, a free app offering direct access to resources that can help users with issues relating to mental health, domestic violence, hunger and more. On the app, users can view cards that contain information about local and national resources relevant to their situation. The cards include phone numbers—with the option to immediately place a call—and directions to organizations’ physical locations, as well as links to their websites. The app’s database has more than 1,000 resources, all vetted and verified by the Subdial team. —Jason Cipriani

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