Mental Health Roscommon, in partnership with Mental Health Ireland, HSE Mental Health Services and Athlone Institute of Technology, launched the Good Place App in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on Thursday last.
Martin Rogan (CEO of Mental Health Ireland) unveiled the app at an event which was attended by about 70 guests.
The app project team members, including the research and software developers, delivered presentations on how the app was developed.
The Roscommon HSE Key Notes Lived Experience and staff choir performed a medley of tunes to mark the occasion.
The ‘Good Place’ app idea arose due to the lack of awareness of, and access to, local wellness resources in Roscommon.
Teresa Keane (Project Lead and Development Officer for MHI) explained: “Covid-19 has brought into sharp focus the importance of technology and its ability to help people feel more empowered and connected.
“This app will provide an always-on, easily-accessible resource for people in the community who are in recovery, in crisis, or who simply want to learn about and explore ways to maintain good mental health. It will help people to help themselves, while also making it easier to reach out to others for support when they need it”.
The Good Place app will enable people in the Roscommon community to avail of tools and resources that support and promote positive mental health, all from their mobile devices.
Content includes a mood tracker, gratitude journal, directory of local services, as well as links to mental health services and a host of other useful community resources designed to bolster wellbeing.
The app was developed by Athlone Institute of Technology’s Software Research Institute (SRI), who provided the technical expertise needed to develop and deliver the app.
The Good Place app will be available for both Android and Apple (iOS) devices from November 19th in the App Store and Google Play Store.