New app promotes living healthy
SAITSA introduced access to a new app that offers SAIT students and alumni the chance to reach out for help during times of crisis.
SAIT campus has become one of the many post-secondary institutions to start using the I.M. Well app.
I.M. Well, short for Integrated Mental Health and Wellness, is designed to encourage users to take care of their mental health.
“This app really ties everything together and provides more avenues for students to get the help they need,” said Connor Goodfellow, SAITSA VP Student Life.
The new app works as a directory for past and present students to access a host of valuable resources for their mental health.
The app can connect students with counsellors online, by email, over the phone, in person, over video-chat and includes translations for 180 languages.
I.M. Well also includes links to helpful articles on understanding mental illness, along with a Wellness Calendar.
The Wellness Calendar links students to wellness events on campus, around the city, provincially and nationally.
The services provided by I.M. Well include crisis, addiction, relationship, nutrition, family and financial counselling. The app also covers physical health.
“There’s plenty of different resources and plenty of different ways to connect with them [counselors] in case you don’t feel comfortable either going to see these people in person or you’re not ready to take that step or you don’t have time,” said Goodfellow.
It is also available to students’ immediate family and after graduation.
The app also has tools for students to track their mood and students can set reminders for self-care. Students can use the mood log and share with their doctor to assist with diagnosis.
The health reminders can include things like drinking water, seeing a friend, medication reminders and students can also make custom self-care reminders.
Through GOeVisit on the app, students have access to doctors who can assess more than 80 medical conditions and help students determine if they need in-person care for treatment.
These ailments include things like cold sores, ear infections, fevers, pink eye, sore muscles, stomach aches and other illnesses.
“It sounds like a really good resource to have,” said Zyanya Vansofszky a student in the Legal Assistant program at SAIT.
The company is also working to de-stigmatize mental illness. For example, the #mydefinition puts a face to people with mental illness and encourages people not to define themselves by their mental illness.
“As a students association, a lot of the time we have to ask ourselves, what is our part in student mental health on campus?” said Goodfellow.
“A lot of the time we leave the larger stuff to the SAIT counselling service but what we saw was the opportunity to bring this service in and really assist them in doing their jobs.”