McMaster University | JoyPop

JoyPop is a mobile platform designed to improve mental health research and treatment. Spearheaded by McMaster University’s Department of Health Sciences, the solution helps researchers and youth engage, connect, and learn to better understand and treat mental health.

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McMaster University | JoyPOP

JoyPop is a mobile platform designed to improve mental health research and treatment. Spearheaded by McMaster University’s Department of Health Sciences, the solution helps researchers and youth engage, connect, and learn to better understand and treat mental health.

McMaster University | JoyPop

JoyPop is a mobile platform designed to improve mental health research and treatment. Spearheaded by McMaster University’s Department of Health Sciences, the solution helps researchers and youth engage, connect, and learn to better understand and treat mental health.

Client Challenge

McMaster University is a public university located in Hamilton, Ontario. It’s Department of Health Sciences had an abundance of research underlying the concept of “resilience,” and how to improve it in people who have experienced adversity. They approached Clearbridge to help translate their vision of improving mental resilience in vulnerable populations by reaching them where they are active – on their smartphones.

  • Translate academic research on mental resilience into engaging and effective app features
  • Incorporate pedagogical concepts like cognitive organizing into a mobile experience
  • Establish and develop a secure cloud-based data storage system
  • Build for a dual user base – end-users in vulnerable populations and mental health researchers
  • Support McMaster's goal to design, develop, test, and evaluate trauma intervention methods

Client Challenge

McMaster University is a public university located in Hamilton, Ontario. It’s Department of Health Sciences had an abundance of research underlying the concept of “resilience,” and how to improve it in people who have experienced adversity. They approached Clearbridge to help translate their vision of improving mental resilience in vulnerable populations by reaching them where they are active – on their smartphones.

  • Translate academic research on mental resilience into engaging and effective app features
  • Incorporate pedagogical concepts like cognitive organizing into a mobile experience
  • Establish and develop a secure cloud-based data storage system
  • Build for a dual user base – end-users in vulnerable populations and mental health researchers
  • Support McMaster's goal to design, develop, test, and evaluate trauma intervention methods

Our Solution

Clearbridge and McMaster University underwent an intensive five-day Design Thinking session to help distill the concept of resiliency training into an engaging mobile experience. Employing design thinking principles, the session delivered a thorough understanding of product goals, prioritized product features that would best resonate with McMaster’s users, and a clickable app prototype. The Design Thinking session produced deliverables, including the initial app visualization, user journeys, wireframes, and a prioritized product roadmap to set the foundation for development.

These were our services offered:

  • Product Discovery
  • UX/UI Design
  • iOS Development

Our Solution

Clearbridge and McMaster University underwent an intensive five-day Design Thinking session to help distill the concept of resiliency training into an engaging mobile experience. Employing design thinking principles, the session delivered a thorough understanding of product goals, prioritized product features that would best resonate with McMaster’s users, and a clickable app prototype. The Design Thinking session produced deliverables, including the initial app visualization, user journeys, wireframes, and a prioritized product roadmap to set the foundation for development.

These were our services offered:

  • Product Discovery
  • UX/UI Design
  • iOS Development

The Results

Using the foundation created in the Design Thinking session, we developed JoyPop for iOS – an intuitive and engaging mobile experience designed to help users build and improve their mental resilience through a set of activities, games, and reflection all facilitated via JoyPop.

Key accomplishments of the mobile app include:

  • Direct access to mental health resources and in-app calling to reach condition-specific helplines for immediate support
  • Unique and creative channels for users to express emotions and manage stress levels, including breathing exercises, games, and doodling.
  • Guided journaling outlet that includes prompts to help users recognize, process, conceptualize, and write down their thoughts, struggles and feelings.
  • Mood rating and tracking function allowing users to rate their mood, receive activity suggestions to cope based on their mood and monitor the effectiveness of activities.

The JoyPop app has played a significant role in supporting the mental health of its students and providing ways to help with coping. Additionally, JoyPop has been a starting point for McMaster University to gather insights on the effectiveness of specific activities and capture data to facilitate other mental health initiatives and projects moving forward. 

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