It’s no secret that there is a serious mental health problem in Ireland, particularly in Limerick where half of the Goosed Team hail from. In the past we spoke about Irish Tech for Good Company – Keep Appy and how they empower the user to take control of their mental well being. We recently caught up with Aimee Louise Carton one of the founders of the company about what they have been up to since we last spoke.
With Dean away on his holidays, this week Jon has a very special guest for The Goosed Podcast! @aimeecarton of Irish Tech For Good Company @KeepAppy joins us to discuss all things mental health and what it means to be an Irish startup.https://t.co/9v1dLhAVnM
— goosed.ie (@goosed_ie) November 8, 2019
The platform enables consumers, who may or may not suffer from mental health issues to record their wellbeing through a mood tracker, journaling, goal setting and more. KeepAppy can be described as a gym for everyone’s wellbeing, where users have an array of ‘equipment’ or tools to help them take control of their mental health. Keep Appy has been designed to empower users to take control of their mental and physical wellbeing by enabling people to track the vitals that most impact an individual’s state of mind. KeepAppy is designed to increase self-awareness and encourage engagement with positive behaviour practices!
Keep Appy as we mentioned contains 10 key features that focus on empowering, educating and cultivating a wellness-oriented lifestyle, through three main areas:
- Goal Setting
- Medical Pill Reminder
- Period Tracker
- Mood Tracking
- Individualising Content
- Gratitude Diary
- Community Challenges
- Geo-Specific Partnered Helplines
In the near future, they are bringing in a gamification element to the app. Remember Tamogatchi’s? Well, these guys are bringing out their Keepies and as you enter your vital daily and work on improving your mental wellbeing, these pets will grow with you to give you a virtual visualisation of your progress. Plus little dogs are cute as hell so maybe it will incentivise a few people to work harder so they can grow their Keepie. To hear more information about the Keepies, Aimee discusses’ it in our latest podcast.
More than just an app
Outside of the vital tracking, Keep Appy is on a mission to make a positive impact. Not only are they linked up with over 40 different organisations such as the Samaritans, but they have also implemented a one for one model. That means that for every user who decides to plump for the premium service, they will donate a lifetime subscription to Keep Appy to someone in need, chosen by the helplines they work with. Essentially you get the premium service and someone in need gets a service that could be a bit of help, that’s pretty cool if you ask me.
KeepAppy is unique in that it’s a strictly confidential app – its founders have committed to never abusing or selling users data, in contrast to many other wellness platforms.
Speaking about the launch of KeepAppy, Co-founder Aimee-Louise Carton said:
“We are delighted to be launching Ireland’s go to app for mental wellbeing. KeepAppy aims to become the leading wellness app for Irish people. It’s a strictly confidential platform where users can journal their moods and gain access to a host of other services that can improve their mental state of mind in a matter of minutes”
All in all, we think it’s a great app and in a time that as a nation we are losing far too many people to self-harm and suicide, if even one person gets the help they need through an app like this, then as far as I’m concerned it’s a job well done. The Beta is available now on both iOS and Android.