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.
AREAS WE WORK ON
HOW ENTERPRISE, INNOVATION AND TECH CAN BRING NEW CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS TO MENTAL HEALTH IN DISPLACEMENT
TEACHING ETHICS IN INNOVATION & DISPLACEMENT
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
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.
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.
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