ATTENTION: The Colorado FOP has been partnered with “Responder Strong” since its beginning and sits on its leadership committee as well as two other sub-committees. Responder Strong is the first endeavor in Colorado to mobilize mental wellness efforts across emergency responder groups – fire, law enforcement, EMS and dispatch.
While there are several programs to improve emergency responder mental wellness, they are typically found only in major metropolitan departments. This is the first centralized, coordinated effort to combine efforts and maximize resources for all emergency responder teams in Colorado, from rural volunteer teams to large city units. Responder Strong is led by a team of volunteer emergency response leaders from departments across Colorado in partnership with the National Mental Health Innovation Center.
Responder Strong in partnership with the NMHIC and Google are looking for law enforcement officers who are willing to participate in a short research study using Virtual Reality (VR). The trial involves using a Google Daydream (VR) device to test a meditation app for two weeks. This app is designed to help LEO better manage their stress through mindfulness. As subject matter experts, your feedback will help improve the app for use by LEO.
- Should be non-gamers (play computer-based video games less than twice per year)
- Sworn officers
- No significant visual or hearing impairment
- Will commit to reviewing the product and completing a questionnaire
- Will commit to completing the two-week project
- Participants will be compensated. The specific compensation is to be determined.
Preference is given to those who use phones which are compatible with Daydream. This includes the following phones: Pixel, Pixel 2, Galaxy S8/S8+, ZenFone AR, LG V30, Galaxy Note 8, Moto Z2 Force, Anon 7, Moto Z, Moto Z Force, Mate 9 Pro, Porsche Design Mate 9. Please contact Rhonda.Kelly@ucdenver.edu if interested.
The trial is expected to start soon! Please pass along to any LEO you think might be interested. This is a great opportunity to use and shape the development of VR in the responder realm.
Follow this link for more info: http://mentalhealthinnovation.org/portfolio-item/virtual-reality/