Community Solutions Accelerator (CSA)
Challenge 2 – Mental Health and Wellness/Fitness App For First Responders
Challenge Overview (Part 1 of 2) – This is to gather the requirements and to ask the right questions…
NEW: Winner Announced – Read the Press Release
Please see our new Challenge (Part 2 of 2) below – Link at: https://www.herox.com/mentalhealth
We want to deliver a comprehensive solution, made available to first responders (e.g. police, emergency medical services, firefighters, military, etc.) that supports employees physically and mentally throughout their careers (and perhaps into retirement). This solution should address the following statements:
Ideally, all three functions should be incorporated into one solution that will serve the emergency response community.
Recruiters in every emergency response industry must find the best recruits possible for a challenging career. Potential applicants come from all walks of life with commitments that may not allow them to connect with recruiters during regularly scheduled events. While a website may give them the basic information, they may require specialized answers or mentoring, and often want to hear directly from a first responder for questions like:
Employee Physical Wellness
Employees within the first responder industry want better ways to track their fitness and wellness goals. Emergency response is a demanding career and often the physical well-being of employees is directly connected to their success in the job. As such, services often have specific staff dedicated to ensuring both physical and mental wellness. With competing requirements for resources, this staff cannot reach everyone personally but using technology may be more successful in providing services to employees from wellness staff.
Employee Mental Wellness
We know mental wellness is directly connected to physical wellness. That said, working within the emergency response industry can expose first responders to many challenging situations that take its toll on their mental well-being. When facing these challenges, employees want ways to be able to reach out to the right professionals in an expedited manner regardless of time of day or day of the week. They need resources and information in a discreet and safe/anonymous manner, 24-7.
Our ask of you for this challenge:
What’s in it for you?
This is the preamble to the real challenge which will have a monetary prize. However, the BEST submissions from this challenge will receive Edmonton Police Service (EPS) branded merchandise (e.g. coffee mugs, hoodies, hats, etc.). This is the cool stuff that you can’t get unless you are an EPS member (or family).
As this concept was came to fruition, there were several design criteria developed but we did not want to limit ourselves. As the challenge outlines, we want to THINK BIG. We need to encourage new perspectives and new ideas to be generated to address these problems.
When looking at solving the challenges outlined in the overview, we need guidance of the following questions:
Challenge opens Mar 11, 2020 and closes Mar 31, 2020 with judging concluding Apr 30, 2020
Please submit your response at www.herox.com/mentalfitapp/
Next Steps (New Challenge)
Thank you to all that participated in the Step 1 (first challenge on this topic). We now have our requirements and the new challenge is ready. More details can be found at: www.herox.com/mentalhealth
The Press Release pertaining to the new challenge can be found here