The creator of EVA is an active duty US Navy Lieutenant with 15 years of service who, after a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, decided to tackle the problem of suicide in the US Military. He says that within 2012 alone, the U.S. military recorded its highest suicide rate on record. On average, one active duty military member committed suicide each day, and approximately every hour, a veteran took his or her life. It is therefore important to find a lasting solution to reduce the rate of suicide cases. This is possible through the use of EVA Smartphone app which allows patients to privately interact with their personal counselors in real time.
This is what the project manager says regarding EVA Smartphone app, “The EVA Smartphone app solves this dilemma by providing a safe, confidential virtual space where patients can maintain a continued connection with their counselors in between face-to-face sessions. Patients share their thoughts, experiences and emotions via EVA as they occur in the form of text, picture, video, and audio journaling.” This will indeed make it possible for the counselors to gain a more comprehensive understanding of their patients and be ready to assist where possible.
The main function of EVA is to extend the therapy room to virtual space to support mental health by promoting emotional expression in a safe, non-threatening environment and to provide continuity of care for those who are at risk for suicide. EVA also offers safety planning for bouts of suicidal ideation, live chatting with suicide prevention specialists, GPS locator for SAMHSA treatment facilities and instant connectivity to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline via 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The funds raised will be used for the following; add an extra layer of encryption to the server to become complaint with HIPAA regulations and protocol, upgrade EVA’s IT and network infrastructure, encrypt the network connection on Android and Apple platforms, perform cosmetic reconstruction of the application and website with professional art and design to increase the user experience, and complete EVA’s development with increased functionality to get it ready for use in the combat zone and deployed areas. The money will also be used to design, build and perform a Randomized Control Trial of EVA for scientific validity.
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