• RESOLVE

  • Humanitarian aid caters less than one percent to innovation. In a system unable to respond to crises at the scale, speed and proximity now experienced, bigger thinking is needed on how we communicate, coordinate and collaborate within the humanitarian field to address the growing need for mental health care in major displacement crises and resettlement contexts.

     

    RESOLVE focuses on how enterprise, technology and innovation can better connect people to mental health information to match varying need in real time and how these resources can also help aid workers deal with challenges in reaching patients and providing care. In the field of emerging technologies we give particular attention to the role of virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) in mental health. We look at how businesses, integrating a new workforce, are supporting skills learning, community integration, and language development to ease resettlement stressors, while also being aware and practicing internal workforce wellbeing.

     

    By bringing refugee communities, the private sector, and civil society experts together, RESOLVE seeks to identify how social enterprises, emerging technologies and innovation can help mitigate mental health outcomes and build resilience in communities experiencing high displacement.

     

     

  • How It Works

    1

    PLAN

    Convening experts and organisations to expand digital mental health knowledge for those in camps or communities.

    2

    CREATE

    Designing platforms, networks and apps to connect with information and community practitioners.

    3

    INCUBATE

    Testing period will provide opportunities for assessing viability, ease of use, and any emerging gaps or issues.

    4

    MONITOR

    We will continue to measure impact to assess suitability in the every-day environment of camps and urban settings.

    5

    SCALE

    Our network will work to sustain and scale innovations to ensure durability to meet evolving mental health demands.

  • AREAS WE WORK ON

    HOW ENTERPRISE, INNOVATION AND TECH CAN BRING NEW CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS TO MENTAL HEALTH IN DISPLACEMENT

    SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

    Civic innovators are at the forefront of building social enterprises and businesses supporting independence, integration and well-being.

    MOBILE MENTAL HEALTH

     The ubitquitousness of mobile phones offers more expedient ways to disseminate knowledge and connect on mental health between practitioners and their patients, as well as building capacity on training for trainers.

    VIRTUAL REALITY

    VR is a new form of storytelling and making ground in PTSD treatment for veterans, but is yet to fully emerge to mediate severe forms of stress or trauma for resettled refugees.

    DIGITAL MAPPING

    IASC's 4W's (Where, When, Who and What) gives an indication of mental health work on the ground - we add Why and How to broaden critical assessments on the use, need and scale of current work.

    ARTIFICAL INTELLIGENCE

    AI may pave a new pathway for engaging in digital psychosocial support that allows for privacy in the healing process for those communities where stigma is high.

    ARCHITECTURE

    Spaces, structures and places can either compound depression and stress or help people thrive - linking architecture to the how we create safe spaces for mental health support.

  • TEACHING ETHICS IN INNOVATION & DISPLACEMENT

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    Partnering with the MA Applied Imagination in Creative Industries at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, we delivered a workshop to the class of 2018 on the ethical challenges and creative solutions that technology and innovation face in today's displacement crises. The students were challenged through a range of case studies in complex emergencies and learned to integrate new concepts and practices into their creative thinking and professional work at and beyond the school.


    We are continuing to work with the MA Applied Imagination in Creative Industries as we develop and expand RESOLVE.

  • MOBILE MENTAL HEALTH

  • Kurdiji 1.0 App is a community developed suicide prevention app in Australia powered by Warlpari knowledge.

    REFUNITE is an online and mobile tracing tool helping refugees reconnect with family they have lost contact with during war, conflict or natural disaster.

    The New Roots App has been developed to promote health and wellbeing, to assist with participating in community life, and to access community and government services for men on humanitarian visas in Australia.

  • GUIDED MEDITATION & SOMATIC EXERCISES

  • Stop, Breathe and Think meditation and mindfulness app aims to decrease anxiety and stress. It provides short guided meditations, yoga and acupressure videos and allows you to check in with your emotions.

    Smiling Mind provides age-bracketed mindfulness meditations that can be delivered at home, in schools or at work to encourgage relaxation and refocus.

    Headspace is targeted to anyone who wants to reduce anxiety and stress and improve their attention and awareness through meditation. The app provides bit-size and crisis-focused meditation sessions to suit your particular mood. The app can be trialed free for one month.

  • ARTICLES

  • Behaviour Research and Therapy (2016): The Impact of Digital Technology on Psychological Treatments and their Dessemination

     

    van Gelderen MJ et al (2018): An Innovative
    Framework for Delivering
    Psychotherapy to Patients With
    Treatment-Resistant Posttraumatic
    Stress Disorder: Rationale for
    Interactive Motion-Assisted Therapy.
    Front. Psychiatry 9:176.

    Georgieva I (2017): Trauma and
    Self-Narrative in Virtual Reality:
    Toward Recreating a Healthier Mind.
    Front. ICT 4:27.

    J.I. Ruzek and C.M. Yeager (2017): Global Mental Health (2017), 4, e16, page 1 of 13.

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