Trauma leftover from responding to COVID-19 is taking its toll on first responders … but now there’s an app for that.
The S.T.A.R. Support app by Accentus Health aims to put mental health resources in the hands of those seeking help 24/7.
Morgan Koth started Accentus Health to fill a niche he saw in the health and wellness space for providing well-rounded self-help.
"The FIRST Support app is the beginning of giving everybody the tools that they need. When they do have a crisis ..., they have a resource to use," Chief Baker said. “…We didn't have a resource to help somebody make that immediate decision." Now they do."
“In addition to the peer support program on the state level, a new, first-of-its-kind mobile app for Ohio first responders was recently released. Called the F.I.R.S.T. Support app (First Incident Respondence Technology), the app was developed in partnership with Ohio State professor and researcher, Dr. Kenneth Yeager, and Accentus Health.”
"Despite the absence of a legislative remedy, officials at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction services joined with researchers from Ohio State University and Accentus Health to develop the F.I.R.S.T. app, a science-based mobile app for first responders dealing with PTSD-related symptoms."
Dr. John Torous, who leads the American Psychiatric Association's work evaluating mental-health apps, told Business Insider: "We know that psychological treatments are often very effective for many conditions. Realizing how we can digitize these therapies is extremely important."
That work is well underway, said Pear CEO Corey McCann, and the pressures of the pandemic indicate that now is the time to normalize it.
The Translational Innovation Program of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science launched the CCTS Inventor Showcase in October as a monthly virtual series to highlight and celebrate inventors who are translating their innovations through the commercialization pathway. Developing resilience is critical now, more than ever, for overall health, wellbeing, and to face challenges. On Tuesday, January 18 at 12 noon, a team of inventors led by Kenneth Yeager, PhD, LISW, will be sharing about an innovative technology to combat burnout and build individual resilience.
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