Tech firm creates gamified psychological well being app for Ukrainian refugees


Kids and youngsters affected by the battle in Ukraine are to be given a pc sport to assist them take care of the issues they’ve skilled in a battle zone.

Attensi, a European digital studying specialist, is utilizing its expertise to assist baby victims of battle, which in line with UNICEF statistics is three million youngsters inside Ukraine and over 2.2 million youngsters in refugee-hosting international locations. Nearly two out of each three youngsters are presently displaced by preventing.

Many have seen issues no baby ought to ever see, from their houses being destroyed to their colleges being attacked, residing in underground bunkers and households and communities quickly fleeing for security.

Serving to Hand is a digital role-playing sport, much like those the expertise firm creates for companies to coach their groups all over the world. It takes ‘gamers’ via a sequence of life-like eventualities in a pc game-style setting and affords them a variety of responses to select from.

It’s designed to strengthen optimistic decision-making and to strengthen youngsters’s resolve to ask for assist after they want it. The gamified simulation coaching is particularly profitable in serving to teenage refugees take care of trauma.

Serving to Hand has already helped 125 Syrian youngsters in Central Beqaa, Lebanon, who mentioned that the sport made them really feel higher and helped them maker higher sense of their world. 28% of the adolescents reported what WHO classifies as ‘regular wellbeing’ earlier than taking part in the sport, whereas 99% reported regular wellbeing 10 weeks on.

The gamers averaged 45/100 on the WHO wellbeing index earlier than taking part in the sport. After the sport, the determine had risen to 72 – indicating a major, optimistic impression on their psychological well being.

Bjarne Johnson from Attensi was initially moved by the plight of the Syrian youngsters he noticed on the TV information and knew that Attensi might assist. He initiated the venture by reaching out to medical psychologist Dr Solfrid Raknes, who pioneered The Psychological First Help Package in Lebanon, the place the idea has been working for years.

Now Attensi has powered this idea with its gamified simulation tech, creating the Serving to Hand app which has been developed collaboratively alongside companions together with the publishing agency Gyldenal, the Norwegian Authorities and assist businesses.

After working efficiently with assist businesses in Syria, Attensi is utilizing funding from Innovation Norway to carry the expertise to the hundreds of thousands of kids affected by the continued Ukrainian battle.

Says Bjarne Johnson:

“For these younger youngsters and adolescents, speaking about their well-being, how they’re feeling, with adults or with strangers, may be fairly horrifying, so with the ability to play a pc sport on their very own, in a protected atmosphere, can have a powerful impression.”

Social assist employees will invite affected youngsters to come back and work via the app on moveable gadgets like iPads, or signpost to these with gadgets that the app freely is offered to obtain.


Chris Value

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