Jiji is an app that promotes virtual social interaction through regular check-ins and empathetic questions. This app will allow therapists to check on their clients via a quick emotions based survey utilizing the Geneva Emotion Wheel (GEW). Its sole purpose is to improve mental health care of the individual in a non-threatening and empathy-driven platform.
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empathy, design studio, prototype, wireframe, research, affinity mapping, survey, COVID-19, mental healthcare
In this social distancing age, we sent out surveys and had 22 responses. We have learned that whether the individual is alone or sharing a home with many, emotions and feelings of isolation is a true reality. Checking in with your mental healthcare provider is not always that easy.
We found a variety of apps that provide different aspects of mental healthcare. From journaling to mental exercises.
I interviewed a therapist. They revealed the challenges of checking in on patients during a time of social distancing complicates treatment plans. Often, people might not feel comfortable to share their lives over the phone from home, since they are surrounded by family and friends.
Through limited research, we were able to identify what the need was. Users needed an empathetic platform to share their day with their healthcare provider without disrupting their mental healthcare treatment. We faced some major issues, such as HIPPA regulations and the writing within the app. The app needed to appear non-threatening and discreet to live on a user's phone well.
We designed an app driven by the Geneva Emotion Wheel. Answers to questions would generate other questions pinpointing the user's emotions on that day and allowing them to journal their emotions.
We ideated a low fidelity wireframe that allowed us to perceive the actual feeling of the final app/
Since this app was ideated by us, we had to create a style guide that would guide our designing process.
We created a mid fidelity file on Figma that would serve as a guide to our UI Designer.
This is the final result of Jiji. An app that will empathetically check in on users and make sure all is well.
Due to the current social distancing guidelines, we were unable to do usability testing to gather qualitative data. We did gather feedback from individuals who watched the demo video for the app. A positive feedback was given. The same therapist previously interviewed stated that an app like this would be helpful even outside of the crisis of COVID-19.