What happens when psychologists, programmers, designers, educators and entrepreneurs gathers on a sunny and warm Saturday to create new digital tools? Really exciting stuff. On September 10 more than 30 people joined at H2 Health Hub to jointly create new tools to improve the mental health of young people. It was the third edition of Health Hack Academy that took place.
This year we had the pleasure to work with Gustavsbergs primary care centre who helped us to understand the challenges of mental illness within primary care and contributed with psychological expertise in the teams at the hackathon. The government supported project “Uppdrag Psykisk Hälsa” at Swedish Association of Local Authorities and the service design experts at Veryday contributed with their expertise both in the planning and execution of the hackathon.
Several of the seven participating teams develop ideas for new smartphone apps. A popular theme was to help young people better understand their own emotions, for example, by simple ways to log their feelings in different situations and find patterns or discuss feelings with others. Some of the teams had added features that also help a teacher or a treating psychologist to understand young people’s emotions. One team developed a concept of an Internet-of-Things-solution where you could talk to an interactive ball and share your stories with others. Another team flipped the perspective and used eye tracking technology to let students in school experience what it is like to live with a mental disability such as dyslexia.
Five of the teams also took the chance to present their ideas at the Conference Digital Health Days and get feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and business developers. Below you will find presentations from the teams that participated in the Digital Health. Days.
So what happens now with all these solutions? Uppdrag Psykisk Hälsa” at Swedish Association of Local Authorities has decided to support the idea from the Moodstory team further. The motivation for the decision is the potential in Moodstory to help young people to express emotions, track experiences in order to support the dialogue between the young patient and caregiver to recognize patterns and choose appropriate action.
To learn more about the concepts that were developed and the amazing team members behind them, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team Moodstory: Christabella Irwanto, Katri Frankenstein, Niklas Zilliacus, Sara Tengvall, Dora Palfi