eQuoo News & Announcements
Highlights in 2018
After winning the Pitch@Palace Wrexam tour and competing at Cambridge University, we made it through to the final event firstly held at Buckingham Palace. There, in front of hundreds of Pitch@Palace supporters and friends of the Duke Of York we will introduce eQuoo on the 8th of November.
Mental Health America, founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Focused on helping people before they reach critical condition, the have on-boarded eQuoo October 2018 as one of their 16 DIY self-help tools to offer their userbase a fun prevention tool.
Mental health is one of the biggest issues of recent times, with Kendall Jenner, Emma Stone, Lady Gaga and even The Rock opening up about their mental health issues. Even the Royal family has got in on the act, setting up the Heads Together charity. Now a new startup, Equoo, has launched it’s crowdfunder on Indiegogo to tackle this huge problem of how to improve your emotional intelligence. eQuoo, which plans to launch in May this year, but is right now in Beta in the app stores for Australia and New Zealand. You can help it get funded here.
Teenagers: They’re complex creatures. You couldn’t pay most of us to relive our teenage years — and probably with good reason. I bet if you thought back to your experience as a teen, you would get sucked into a vortex of emotions spanning the gamut. The years between 12 and 18 are when we do most of our growing hormonally, emotionally, physically and mentally. The expectations society puts on teenagers today are exponentially higher than when we were kids. Our kids think they have to be the best at everything — academics, sports, activities, relationships, etc. — and if they fail, bad things will happen to them.
News Announcements & Media Coverage 2018
If your only interaction with a chatbot is yelling down the phone to one when you’re trying to get through to your internet provider or telling Alexa to set a timer for your boiled egg, you might be sceptical about its therapeutic qualities. But artificial intelligence (Ai)-enabled ‘therapy bots’ have a growing number of satisfied clients. One of the best known here in the UK is Woebot, a US-devised, animated, therapy chatbot that offers CBT-based treatment for depression and anxiety: ‘I love Woebot so much. I hope we can be friends forever. I actually feel super good and happy when I see that it “remembered” to check in with me!!!!!,’ reads one testimonial on its website, woebot.com, from ‘Carolyn, 22’.
With many being forced to take matters into their own hands, therapy apps could help provide those in need with a cheap and effective short-term alternative. Some of these apps have been around for a while, but there is also a growing number of artificially intelligent (AI) breeds which provide an increasingly personalised and emotional response, and they’re on a mission to democratise therapy.
One of the easiest ways to raise money for a startup or a company that plans to produce a new product is via an online crowdfunding platform such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo. By using these platforms you raise enough money to expand your business or develop and produce a new product, and anyone who gives money to these fundraising campaigns will get certain benefits depending on the amount of money they give.
One company that is using an online crowdfunding platform is PsycAppswhose aim is to make dealing with mental health fun and their CEO and founder is Silja Litvin. So how do Silja and her team at PsyvApps plan to do this? They want you to be able to go through life with a smile on your face by playing a game that boosts your EQ giving you the extra little push that you might need.
How can a digital mental health app improve your emotional fitness? PsycApps, the company who have launched an emotional fitness game, explain the benefits of using the digital mental health app and the challenges they faced when developing the app.
When we delve into society’s approach to tackling mental health problems, it usually makes for pretty heavy reading. Of course, that isn’t a bad thing – mental health is a hugely important subject that we should be openly discussing. Both in our own circles and in the mainstream media. That being said, there is never going to be a set formula for taking on the issue. Each case is completely unique to the person involved.
World Mental Health Day is observed on the 10 October every year. It seeks to reflect on progress and look at what needs to be done to eradicate the enduring social stigma related to mental health conditions. One element of the solutions-focused Mad World Forum held on 9 October in London was companies presenting how their digital technologies can improve mental health in the workplace.
The Scoop: eQuoo is an app like no other. Psychologist Silja Litvin developed the emotional fitness app to deliver helpful, evidence-based information through an interactive game. The app’s ultimate goal is to strengthen the user’s mental well-being so he or she can tackle life with greater confidence and skill. By playing eQuoo’s educational levels, users develop emotional resilience and build solid relationship skills that can help them achieve success at work, at home, and in the dating scene.
Welcome to The Mental Breakdown and Psychreg Podcast! Today, Dr Berney and Dr Marshall interview Silja Litvin, a clinical psychology doctoral student from Germany. A child of the digital generation, Silja was looking for ways to use apps and social media to help people suffering from mental issues. She went on to start a company, PsycApps, and created a psychological mobile app that helps users identify and self-manage depression. Building on this idea, she undertook her PhD thesis, thus ensuring it to be evidence based and ethically sound. Now she is venturing into the world of AI, gamification and chatbots to find a way to be able to help people help themselves, launching the beta of her emotional fitness game eQuoo in New Zealand and Australia. eQuoo will be available on all mobile platforms in the United States and the United Kingdom in late May.