A tailor-made digital platform in the form of a mobile application (e-MERIT) has been developed for the general public by PolyU’s Rehabilitation Sciences Department with the aim of serving three major functions.
First, e-MERIT provides essential information on common mental health problems (e.g., symptoms of mental distress, consequences of untreated mental illness and the benefits of enhancing mental well-being). The platform also introduces a list of key stressors induced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Second, e-MERIT performs automated screening for depression and anxiety. Third, e-MERIT delivers four main types of self-administered interventions to enhance mental health:
- Stress management intervention: diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxation
- Mind-body exercises: Baduanjin
- Light physical exercises: PolyU’s “Rehab 8 Forms
- Positive psychological intervention.
Download e-MERIT, the mobile application on Android now: