Launch of mental health app this evening

Mental Health Roscommon, in partnership with Mental Health Ireland, HSE Mental Health Services, and the Athlone Institute of Technology, is delighted to announce the launch of The Good Place App.

Martin Rogan (CEO of Mental Health Ireland) will launch the app at a special event in the Abbey Hotel on Thursday, October 11th, at 7 pm.

The app project team members, including the research and software developers, will deliver presentations on how the app was developed and will be on hand to field questions afterwards. The Roscommon HSE Key Notes Lived Experience and staff choir will perform a medley of tunes to mark the occasion.

The ‘Good Place’ app idea arose during a conversation between Teresa Keane (Mental Health Ireland) and Sinead McDermott (Trustee of Mental Health Roscommon) about the lack of awareness and lack of access when it comes to local wellness resources in Roscommon.

Teresa Keane (Project Lead and Development Officer for MHI) explains:  “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 Good Place 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 11th in the App Store and Google Play Store.