WorkOut – online training
ReachOut.com has launched the WorkOut app – an online tool designed to improve the mental fitness of young men in Ireland.
The WorkOut app
The application, which was developed by us in collaboration with the Men’s Health Forum Ireland and the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP), gives users a series of ‘missions’ to undertake over a period of time which will help improve mental fitness. It was modelled on an app originally developed by the Inspire Foundation Australia.
WorkOutapp.ie has been designed so that men can access it in their own time and engage with it on their terms, choosing as few or as many interactions as they want. The application allows the user to undertake and track a series of activities which will provide an indication of their mental fitness.
The actions are based around the principals of cognitive behavioural therapy and are centred around four core areas – confidence, practicality, control, and being a team player.
Commenting on the launch, our CEO Elaine Geraghty, said that the availability of online resources has become increasingly important as more young men and women go online initially when they need support or information on mental well-being.
“We are delighted to be able to launch the WorkOut app and provide this much needed resource for young men. Through our on-going engagement with young people we are aware that online is the first point of contact when they need either support or more information about mental wellness. We are working to provide this via online technology and engagement and the launch of WorkOut is a key part of our programme.
“WorkOut aims to promote mental fitness with this specific age group and it challenges the stereotypical attitudes to mental health.”
Coming together to promote mental health
ReachOut.com is encouraging health professionals to check out WorkOut as something they may wish to refer people to as an additional form of support.
Susan Kenny, of the NOSP commented, “The HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention is delighted to provide funding for the work and to be involved in this innovative project.
“The development and use of online and interactive tools such as the WorkOut app is an important investment by the NOSP. Reach Out, the suicide prevention strategy for Ireland, recommends the development of services and initiatives to assist young men. This tool, which promotes mental fitness, is a welcome addition to the supports and services available.”
The Irish Times
The launch of our WorkOut app was covered in today’s Irish Times. In the article they describe the programme and talk to ReachOut.com’s Derek Chambers about why making apps like this are so important for young Irish people.