IBM announced the launch of GRIT, a digital solution for veterans, active-duty service members, and reservists that provides a mobile experience to help them understand and strengthen their mental fitness, social connections, and overall well-being. Developed by IBM iX in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and embedded with Total Brain’s technology, GRIT is the first branded digital solution dedicated to helping populations who live under considerable stress and/or are going through a significant life transition, such as leaving the military to re-enter civilian life.
GRIT uses technology to aggregate personalized data in a completely confidential and secure manner. The data is used to create a digital profile of the individual, which, when coupled with artificial intelligence, enables GRIT to glean unique insights and effectively get to “know” each service member, reservist, or veteran personally. GRIT provides service members and veterans with a host of useful insights and tools to aid them in monitoring their mental health, building emotional and cognitive capacities and resilience, finding the right jobs and housing opportunities, enhancing their social connections for support, etc.
To monitor mental health and build mental fitness, IBM is partnering with Total Brain which provides scientific brain assessments and personalized brain and mind training to help users consolidate mental strengths and master weaknesses. GRIT was tailored and designed to help service members and veterans gain personal insights into their emotional well-being, provide resources to improve their individual situations, and serve as a mechanism to address social determinants that greatly impact individuals’ well-being.
As part of the five-month contract awarded in June 2019, IBM is facilitating a field test for the VA’s GRIT tool. Partners for the field test include Total Brain, Burning Glass, and collaboration with organizations including Easter Seals, the Wounded Warrior Project, American Warrior Partnership, and the National Guard. The field test will engage veterans, active-duty service members, and reservists to use the GRIT digital solution in a real-life setting. The test will evaluate the user experience and usefulness of the solution, and allow users to provide feedback for improvements. The test began in August 2019 and is set to end in November 2019. Following the conclusion of the contract in November and based upon field testers’ feedback, IBM will develop a comprehensive plan for the full launch of GRIT.
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Total Brain, a mental health and fitness platform powered by the world’s largest standardized neuroscientific database, is providing the technology to support the mental health capability component of THRIVE and GRIT. Founded on the notion that mental health, like physical health, can be managed and improved, Total Brain measures the 12 brain capacities that define mental health, screens for the risk of common mental health conditions, creates user self-awareness and accountability, and engages individuals in mental fitness programs.
This was reported by IBM on August 28, 2019.
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Contact information: Total Brain, 268 Bush Street, Suite 2633, San Francisco, California 94104; Website: www.totalbrain.com