, along with their partner, the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) of Montgomery County
, is excited to announce the launch of their newest product, Positiv.ly. Positiv.ly is a new platform developed for middle and high school students aimed at reducing the stigma associated with mental health. The app features content created by students and is reviewed and curated by a school administrator or guidance counselor. School and community mental health resources can also be found using the built-in searchable resource directory.
“Students in our local schools are dealing with more mental health challenges than ever before and the viral pandemic has only made student anxiety, depression, and suicide rates worse. We need to push for ways to serve the student, in school or at home. We built the GetHelpNow app in partnership with Ascend and it demonstrated that an app could help reduce the access barriers to support. We are using these lessons to serve our students too,” says Samantha Elder, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communication at Montgomery County ADAMHS.
Ascend is coordinating the 3-month pilot with Beavercreek High School, Kettering Fairmont High School, and Dayton Public Schools. Hope Squad students at Beavercreek and Kettering Fairmont will take an active role in producing the content and identifying relevant topics for the site. Positiv.ly will be available to all students via their laptops and/or mobile devices.
“We are excited about giving our students access to a platform where they can share uplifting, honest, and real stories that help to reduce stigmas around mental health topics that all high school students will experience in one way or another. We’re also pleased that they will have access to a resource guide where, if they feel comfortable doing so, they can find support when they need it most,” says Tyler Alexander, Principal at Kettering Fairmont High School.
“Our hope is that Positiv.ly gives our students a platform to collectively discuss and read about the things that they are going through in their everyday lives. We believe that by reducing the stigmas around mental health via these digital conversations, we will see a reduction in things like student anxiety and depression rates,” says Sarah Seilhamer, District Counselor at Beavercreek City Schools. “Students are experiencing higher levels of stress that have been further exacerbated by the pandemic. Our goal was to build a platform that could help by promoting mental health and well-being through student engagement and community resources. Positiv.ly is a place for students to develop their community through their voice,” says Matt Veryser, Director of Product Management at Ascend.
Ascend Innovations is a life science company focused on developing technology that solves unmet needs in health and human performance. Ascend is owned by three major hospital networks in the Dayton area: Premier Health, Kettering Health Network, and Dayton Children’s through the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA). Ascend’s multi-disciplinary team combines the insights of data science with the intuition of design thinking to produce transformative solutions in healthcare, local communities, and commercial clients.
Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) is responsible for the planning, funding, and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment services for individuals and families of Montgomery County, Ohio. Under Ohio law, the ADAMHS Board is one of 50 Boards coordinating the public behavioral health and addiction treatment and recovery system in Ohio.