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Mental health app to be launched in Cork

Friday, 8th February, 2019 10:15am

A new app to help people with mental health needs will be launched on Leeside later today.  

Oppo, which means companion or friend, is aimed at people using mental health services in the North Lee area.

Oppo is believed to be the first mental health app that has been designed based on the recommendations of people actually using mental health services.

The app was developed by Johnny Goodwin, Mental Health Undergraduate Programme Lead, School of Nursing and Midwifery and John Cummins, Clinical Nurse Manager, in collaboration with UCC.

Interviews with people using North Lee Mental Health services were carried out as part of the process of developing the app.

Minister for Health and Older People Jim Daly will launch the app.

He said: “As the Minister with responsibility for mental health, I am particularly interested to hear how digital technologies can provide useful support to people with mental health needs.”

The app has four main functions:

  • It provides maps to services in the North Lee area.
  • It has a well-being tracker so that those using it can describe their recovery on a diary, using a rating scale, colour or photos.
  • It can link to a user’s calendar and provide reminders of appointments.
  • It provides guided meditation options.

OPPO can be downloaded for iPhone by searching in the app store for OPPO UCC and Android at oppo.irish/download.

 

 

 

 

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