Altruist to Develop New Mobile Application

Following the success of the ‘WATS Mental Health?’ app, designed to inform young people about mental health, Katie Buckingham, the Founder and Director of Altruist Enterprises has teamed up with Bourneville College and Smartphone Media to create a new and inspiring “Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace” mobile application.

Following the success of the ‘WATS Mental Health?’ app, designed to inform young people about mental health, Katie Buckingham, the Founder and Director of Altruist Enterprises has teamed up with Bourneville College and Smartphone Media to create a new and inspiring “Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace” mobile application.

Currently in the planning stages of development, the app will be launched in the New Year and aims to educate organisations on how to address issues such as stress, whilst promoting positive personal well-being.

With the mismanagement of mental well-being issues costing UK businesses £30.3 billion per year; the app, which will be freely available to managers, will be an additional resource to aid and assist in recognising the early signs of stress and mental illness within the workplace. It will offer guidance and support to employers, suggesting appropriate ways to approach the subject, coupled with initial help and advice and signposts to support portals. By facilitating businesses in managing mental well-being in the work place, Altruist will not only be saving costs and building resilience amongst workers, but also helping to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

The development of such app couldn’t come at a better time. Since 2013, more people access the internet via smart phones and tablets as opposed to PC'S and laptops. This has had an influence on the way in which people search for information thus causing businesses to evaluate their digital strategies to ensure that they are prepared for the shift in user interaction via the internet. With the creation of this valuable and motivating app, Altruist is firmly gaining a reputation as the modern enterprise set to innovatively pave the way businesses manage mental well-being within the workplace.

Written by Tara Quinney, Altruist Volunteer

Managers can also improve their understanding of mental health on our Mental Health Training for Managers training course.

Katie attended the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy where she set up Altruist in 2013. Since then, Katie has won various awards including Birmingham Mail's Young Achiever of the Year 2017, New Entrepreneurs Foundation 'Future Face of Business' and Entrepreneurial Spark's 'Most Accelerated Business'. She has also been a finalist in nine other award categories and in 2014, Katie was invited to attend the prestigious 'Women of the Year Lunch' in honour of her work raising awareness and reducing the stigma attached to mental health.

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