Reflections on starting with the EMPOWER App

EMPOWER Study

Jayne here, one of the peer workers on the EMPOWER study. I have lived experience of psychosis and I am delighted to be working in this role. I am very much looking forward to meeting participants in the study and sharing experiences of using the App. I started using the App just over a month ago and I thought I’d write this blog sharing how I’ve found it.

Installing EMPOWER

screen shotTo get started, I met with a member of the EMPOWER team who installed the App on my phone. During installation, I was invited to choose three statements to include in the App relating to my ‘early warning signs’. At first, I thought about choosing statements that would indicate I was experiencing psychosis, for example ‘sudden and dramatic weight loss,’ ‘very paranoid’. However, I realised that, it would be more helpful to choose statements that if I rated them more…

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