Blog: Can an app a day keep the doctor away?

Blog: Can an app a day keep the doctor away?

By Rosie Bernard

2020 has started pretty grimly, from the Australian bushfires and floods in Indonesia to the communal riots in Delhi – and now we have the Corona Virus sending millions of people across the globe to spend their days in self-isolation. Now is the time for all of us to play a part in helping our communities, something we have always had a passion for at Jump.

Voice – one of our incredible partners – works with victims and witnesses of crime to help them cope and recover following trauma. It’s an awful fact that so many people are affected by crime. If someone robs a bank, it’s not just the bank and the offenders that experience it, it’s the witnesses, the bank staff and the people on the street who happened to glimpse through the bank window at the wrong time.

With a client base that will have been significantly impacted by social distancing, we got to work on developing ideas that could help Voice’s service users throughout lockdown.

Our ideas centred around one central question: How can we help the inspirational people Voice work with feel even a tiny bit lighter in their mental and physical wellbeing? Both areas are majorly important in maintaining a person’s health.

We can only imagine how the people Voice work with are feeling in response to having their support networks and daily routines cut-off for the unforeseeable future due to lockdown. We wanted to try to develop a solution that we understood wouldn’t replace those pillars but would create alternative support options.

We had a brainstorm and set about making an app – one that would be filled with a gold mine of information to help support people’s mental and physical health. Usually, we wouldn’t introduce an app for such a sensitive topic as recovering from crime, as we wouldn’t ever want someone to be identifiable as a victim of a crime by anyone who saw their phone. But in lockdown, we don’t have that worry.

Voice Home Support Hub App

After planning all of the information we wanted to be in the app, we began refining it to what would be suitable for the target psychographic. We then created a base app while writing the content and identifying suitable images along the way. We used Voice’s logo for the app icon and brand colour scheme throughout to build on the service’s credibility. After an intense few days’ work, the first iteration was ready to show to Voice for their input and eventually, sign off.

This app is packed with breathing techniques, light exercises, mindfulness activities and so many other tips and tricks to continue to help individuals to support themselves during lockdown. We researched proven and verified techniques to help people’s mental and physical wellbeing and we hope it plays a part in helping people during their recovery.

We’ve seen a big uptake of the Home Support Hub app already with fantastic client and user feedback. We’re now looking at ways we can iterate this and continue to support individuals during and after lockdown.

This app is packed with breathing techniques, light exercises, mindfulness activities and so many other tips and tricks to continue to help individuals to support themselves during lockdown. We researched proven and verified techniques to help people’s mental and physical wellbeing and we hope it plays a part in helping people during their recovery.

We’ve seen a big uptake of the Home Support Hub app already with fantastic client and user feedback. We’re now looking at ways we can iterate this and continue to support individuals during and after lockdown.

Check it out for yourself at www.VoiceHomeSupportHub.co.uk.

 

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