More than 152,000 children in Harris County are living with mental illness. Early identification and treatment of mental health disorders in youth is critical, but most children go undiagnosed until a crisis occurs, which can severely compromise their long-term ability to achieve a healthy and successful life.
Schools struggle to meet the behavioral health needs of their students. Counselors face difficulties providing appropriate levels of mental health services to students; teachers lack experience in recognizing early signs of mental health issues and oftentimes cannot identify available services in the community; and financial restraints keep many schools from adequately meeting the needs of students with mental health problems who are not eligible for services under federal law.
Clearly, waiting until children are in crisis and need to be hospitalized or incarcerated is not an economical or effective solution to this problem. Successful, evidence-based prevention, early intervention, and treatment programs can literally save children’s lives.
We believe that teaching students Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the solution.
What it does
Our solution teaches students introspection and skills for mindful emotional regulation. It also provides counselors ability to identify at risk students. Ultimately, providing data for future program development.
How we built it
Program Idea + Google Slides + Storyboard
Challenges we ran into
Not enough data. Lack of subject matter expert.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
What we learned
Team work. We don't have to know everything. It's ok to admit our limitations.
What's next for EQmind
Implement a pilot program so we can conduct research with the app in order to eventually develop a mental wellness curriculum for schools.