Perth app builds mental resilience for the workplace

Claire TyrrellThe West Australian
VideoA Perth consultancy group has designed an app to help reduce workplace stress.

A Perth consultancy group has designed an app to help reduce workplace stress.

Brendan Collins, of Tonic Digital, has partnered with employee assistance program provider Access Wellbeing Services to build RESILnZ.

Mr Collins described the free app as a “Fitbit for your mind” designed as a preventive measure to build mental resilience among employees. He worked with Access Wellbeing, formerly Centrecare Corporate, and saw a need to make their services more user-friendly.

“The good thing about them is they have really rich content but it’s not really in a user-friendly format so I though it could translate into an app,” he said.

Meditation, podcasts, mood monitoring and goal setting are features of the app. A user can connect it to wearable technology to monitor how their heart rate affects their state of mind.

Access Wellbeing Services figures reveal mental illness costs the Australian economy about $190 billion a year, or 12 per cent of gross domestic product.

One in four young people has a mental illness and Australia loses nine million working days from mental illnesses each year.

“I think we can all agree the world is facing challenges of changing international and national economic times, the threat of terrorism, the gap between poverty and wealth and global challenges that call for resilience of the highest order,” Access Wellbeing Services director Tony Pietropiccolo said.

Mr Collins said the app suited any type of worker. He hoped the mining sector would take it on.

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