Published on August 4th, 2016 | from CAMH Education
5Qs with a Thought Spot Digital Innovation Team Member
For the fifth post in our Though Spot Workshop Series, I switch my hat from blog curator chapeau to development team toque and communications cap to give you a glimpse into our Digital Innovation unit’s work with Thought Spot.
Who are you and what is your position at CAMH?
My name is Annie Hart and I am a communications co-ordinator in the Digital Innovations group with CAMH Education. I work behind the scenes here on the Education Blog, as well as in site development, design and communications.
What project are you currently involved with?
I’ve been a part of the Thought Spot project since its inception.
Our Digital Innovation team had been working with crowdmapped resources when the opportunity came up to assist with a “by students for students” health and wellness project. This project, based on a CAMH partnership with University of Toronto, Ryerson, OCAD and ConnexOntario, grew to become Thought Spot.
We continued to consult on the development of a complementary Thought Spot app, which was based on the winning concept from a student hackathon (“Hackathought”) held in November 2014.
The app—launched in spring 2015—and our website are now undergoing an optimization process led by Client and Family Education and our Education Research team. Once this review is complete, we will participate in the rebuild and relaunch of both Thought Spot products.
In the meantime, I’ve also helped develop a communications package based on artwork from the student team. I continue to mentor and develop communications material and planning, ensuring we follow established branding for both Thought Spot and CAMH elements of the project.
What is the goal of this project?
The beauty of this project lies in its goal: To empower students to help each other by developing a comprehensive database of health and wellness resources, and become mental health advocates in the process.
From meditative walks through downtown Toronto, to suitable mental health services, to housing solutions, and much, much more, Thought Spot allows youth to find the tools to lead a healthy, well-balanced life.
Who is this project geared toward?
While focused on post-secondary students, Thought Spot is set to provide any transition-age youth with easy-to-navigate, peer-recommended access to a variety of health and wellness resources. This applies as much to youth familiar with the GTA as it does to students newly arrived, away from their usual support systems.