Publish date: 15/04/2020

An Amberley-based learning and development coach has helped to launch a new app aimed at supporting people’s mental health and wellbeing through COVID-19 and beyond.

Kathryn Career BalanceKathryn Jackson, who operates behavioural coaching practice careerbalance Ltd, has partnered with Hannah Hardy-Jones - CEO of The Kite Program - and three other wellbeing professionals from around the world to create the Kite Support app. The app, which focuses on supporting the wellbeing of leaders, employers and employees, is a new version of The Kite Program - a successful wellbeing and personal development tool aimed at parents.

Kathryn says she hopes the Kite Support app will be an easy introduction to the science of wellbeing for those who may be unfamiliar with it. “The system has been designed to gently nudge users towards wellbeing,” explains Kathryn. “Each day, a micro learning module is delivered to their phone and includes some research, an activity and a link for further learning if desired. Users can customise their materials and topics include leading during adversity, understanding anxiety, letting go of grief, and many more.”

Kathryn is the Content Lead for the Kite Support app team and brings to the role her extensive experience in supporting the resilience, wellbeing and mental health of professionals through challenging times.

Following the Canterbury earthquakes, Kathryn worked as a leadership coach learning from mental health and wellbeing specialists and translating their work into practical resources for her clients. She has since gone on to write two highly regarded books on the subject.

“After the earthquakes we learned from the science about how to deliberately design wellbeing and ultimately build resilience in the people of this region who were working under extreme circumstances, the likes of which had never been experienced before.

“With the current environment of high uncertainty and extreme pressure, I decided to explore new ways to make my work even more accessible to people, which lead me to the Kite Support app project.”

Having created the content and launched the new app version in just 14 days, the Kite Support app team has decided to reduce the cost of the app by 90%, to just $9.99 per user per year. Businesses and corporations can also purchase subscriptions for their teams. There are around 30 weeks of personal learning currently available on the app.

For more information on the app visit www.kitesupportapp.com.