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New app brings together psychologists and users during the pandemic

02nd October 2020

OutSystems, a leading company in the market of platforms for the fast development of apps, created a new free mobile application that ensures psychological crisis intervention to all those who need it during the COVID-19 pandemic. The app was developed in partnership with the Psychology Association of the University of Minho (APsi-UMinho) and researchers from the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC).  

Psicovida's goal is to support the national community by ensuring equitable and free access to psychological crisis intervention in the current pandemic context. It is a mobile application that allows users to speak directly with qualified psychologists, through video calls, while providing several self-help strategies.

The app is composed of specialised modules, according to the specific needs of users: stress and anxiety; loss and grief; the elderly and their families; pregnancy; career support; violence; dynamics management and family care. Communication through the platform is confidential and protects the users' rights. This crisis intervention is brief and focused on immediate psychological stabilisation, but it does not replace a more thorough and regular psychological intervention, if that is the case.

The psychologists collaborating in each of the modules are hired through a register of civil society psychologists, and their participation is voluntary and supportive. However, empirically supported psychological intervention requires the specialised training of psychologists collaborating on the app. In this sense, the professionals have free access to a set of training resources provided by APsi-UMinho, in addition to a set of crisis intervention guidelines, developed according to the best practices.

Psychologists can register here and users can download the app for iOS (iPhone/iPad) or for Android.

 Lisbon - September 29, 2020