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How Goes It? App

Ciho Solutions, LLC

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The How Goes It? app aims to bridge the disconnect between the hurting and the caring so that the hurting can receive support when needed. Answering the question “How are you” can be challenging when the honest truth is “not very well”, “depressed” or “anxious”. What’s even harder when you are in a dark place is to reach out to friends or family to let them know you are struggling. We are building a mobile app that will let you set a number 1-10 as an answer to “how goes it?”. It doesn’t matter what your it is – depression, anxiety, addiction, weight loss… Friends you trust to see your number can be notified when it falls below a certain threshold. When they receive the notification that you are in need of help they can reach out to you and respond in the way you’ve arranged with them.


The creativity of the app is in its intentional simplicity. The goal is to minimize friction in help-seeking and maximizing the range of use case scenarios, even outside the mental health field. In our research we found many useful apps aiding in mental health but most of them were either complicated to use or assumed user wanted to get support from strangers instead of his/her existing support network. Applications: * Therapist – patient relationship * Person looking to support a friend * Person in need of support from his/her friends * Support circle such as church small group, book club etc. * AA and other addiction recovery groups * Remote teams and organizations


We will prepare easy-to-digest, well designed short white paper and a brief video for each of the use cases mentioned in the Creativity segment above and make those prominently available on the website. This will make evident the value the app can bring. It will also allow us to disseminate the information to therapists (for example via our friends at, churches, college counselling centers, AA group hosts etc. The support materials we plan to write: * How to open up about your struggle to a friend? * How to support a friend that’s hurting? * What to do when you don’t know how to help a friend? * How to connect a friend to resources and professionals when that is needed? * What to do when you opened up to a friend and didn’t get the support you feel you needed?


From the idea inception How Goes It? app has been a community project, with leadership from Andrej Ciho. It was first presented in the WP Hugs online community and a group of developers, providers, and mental health consumers quickly emerged, committed to help make the idea a reality by contributing time, talent and counsel. Resources * Developers and resources from Ciho Solutions, LLC * Designers and resources from Dark Square, LLC * Developers from the WP Hugs community Partner organizations that have vested interest: * Paul Berry, Psy.D., Executive Director of Thero * WP Hugs


The healing results can be replicated easily because 1) The app design and technology used allows for easy scaling 2) The white papers & videos explaining the possible uses of our app will equip others to maximize the value they get from using the app.


Short term outcomes * Relief and support for the person struggling * Sense of connectedness for those providing the support Long term outcomes * Suicide prevention * Improved quality of life in mental and emotional health by getting support in times of need * More connectedness