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Usability study of self-care mobile application for attenuation of COVID-19 related increase in stress and other mental health symptoms

Researcher bios and how their research backgrounds relate to this study

With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a parallel pandemic of increased stressors and worsening mental health. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) are developing a self-led mobile application for the attenuation of COVID-19 related increase in stress. The design of this mobile application will be clinician-led in order to ensure relevance and immediate applicability for patients and providers of virtual care.

Purpose of this research project

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the National Research Council of Canada are testing the Legend of Evexia – App, a mobile app to aid with stress reduction.  We are seeking participants who are experiencing some stress, are 18 years or older, and who use a smart phone.  Participants will trial the app for 2-weeks, using the app as much as they want to.  In addition, participants will fill out two surveys (approximately 15 minutes each) and participate in an interview to let us know about their experience using the app (approximately 30 minutes).

The research study will assess the usability of a the mobile app for the attenuation of COVID-19 related increase in stress and other mental health symptoms in order to improve it for future use.

How this research will help LGBT2SQ people and communities

We would like to understand the usability, user perception and engagement of this app among LGBT2SQ people and the community.

Participants

We are seeking participants who:
• Are experiencing some stress
• Are 18 years or older
• Use an Android phone

Compensation

Participants will receive a $35 gift card to their choice of Tim Horton’s, Starbucks, or Indigo as a thank you for your participation. Participants will be emailed the gift card upon completion of the interview.

Mitigation measures

We have a Standard Operating Procedure for Acutely Distressed Participants.

Promoting the Study

Promotion is being done through social media, and other outlets to recruit participants.

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