Creating meaningful activities where people can plug to unplug
(Team of 4)
(Hack Mental Health)
I participated in Hack Mental Health, a hackathon that encourages the innovation of technology to improve mental health. Within 24-hours my team focused our efforts in addressing a solution for social isolation in young people.
According to UCLA’s loneliness scale, the average Gen-Z and millennial is considered lonely, both scoring above the 43/100 loneliness mark. Research from Hope Lab also illustrates that 90% of young people turn to the internet for more information on mental health issues in place of seeking help in-person.
Self-care is a necessity, yet many young individuals lack the discipline and resources to consistently engage in it. The problem with most self-care apps these days is that they are highly individualized, lack accessibility, and lack consideration for socioeconomic status.
How might we further encourage inclusivity and community engagement in order to combat mental health issues stemming from social isolation?
To address these problems, LOTUS focuses on tuning in with ourselves through our 5 senses. Designed activities allows young people to practice mindfulness by giving back to both their community and most importantly, to themselves. The more activities achieved, the more the lotus blooms. This provides a meaningful incentive and increases commitment.
LOTUS creates a plugged community where people share how they unplug.
Inspired by the Design Thinking Workshop led by Jennifer Ng, we used the “How might we…?” approach to further understand our users and address any paint points our users may have.
- HMW cater to different socioeconomic statuses?
- Create a filter where users can input their desired price range
- HMW create a sense of community within the app?
- Provide local events as well as positive reviews from users
- HMW get our users to commit to this app?
- Show the growth of a lotus once an activity is achieved for positive reinforcement
Here is a walkthrough of LOTUS and the features it provides.
I am proud of the accomplishments that my team generated at Hack Mental Health. We were a group of college students with a diverse set of background knowledge. My team was driven by the underlying motivation that stems from the purpose of this hackathon, to bridge the gap between technology and mental health.
Our efforts would not be possible if it weren’t for the people we encountered throughout our design process. We were surrounded by a supportive community who provided us with helpful feedback.
I would like to thank Hack Mental Health for the memorable experience of being understanding, encouraging, and inspiring.