What if R U OK Day didn’t have to come around once a year?
What if you didn’t need a coach, a friend or a colleague to ask you that single, very important question every day?
What if an artificially intelligent (AI) Wellbeing Coach who lives in your phone could ask you every day?
Well, thanks to Arete, that will soon be an everyday reality for athletes all across the world.
Every day on Arete, your AI Wellbeing Coach will check in with you every day.
And this check-in delves into so much more than just asking if you’re feeling okay.
The daily check-ins ask you a series of questions - the total number of questions depends on your answers - that give you cause for reflection and self-assessment.
Some - but not all - of the core questions deal with:
Arete’s Lead Sports Psychologist Daniel Dymond said these questions play an important role in helping athletes to practice self-assessment and mindfulness.
“The questions that we ask are very similar to what gets asked at a wide variety of elite-level clubs,” he said.
“The great thing about these questions and why they are so important is because they do a few things.
“They get the athlete to start to reflect and to increase their self-awareness.
“Even just looking at how you slept and taking that time to be mindfully aware of the reasons for why you might be feeling this way.
“So if an athlete has to ask himself or herself how they slept, they might stop and think about why they didn’t sleep well for example.
“They might say to themselves, “well, maybe I shouldn’t have stayed up until 1 am playing PlayStation.’”
Daniel said that the questions help athletes to understand why they are feeling how they feel.
“As long as you know why, often you have the ability to make the changes yourself,” he said.
The conversational aspect offered by the Wellbeing Coach feature on Arete demonstrates to the athlete that it's okay to talk about their mood and their feelings.
“The check-in gives the athletes an indication that these things are okay to talk about,” he said.
“They tell the athlete, it’s okay to talk about their mood. They may have never spoken about it with anyone before because no one has thought to ask them.
“But if the Wellbeing Coach is asking me about my mood or how I’m feeling, then maybe I can talk to someone else about those things.
“Often, I think we get caught not knowing what’s okay to talk about, especially with adolescents.
“That’s what Arete is all about. It’s about opening conversations.”
The answers you provide during your daily check-in filter through to your Wellbeing Tracker dashboard.
The dashboard gives you an overall rating and a very clear overview of how various aspects of your health are affecting you.
So, if in the course of your daily check-ins you consistently rate yourself as having had poor sleep, then the sleep section of your Wellbeing Tracker will show up in red.
This offers athletes a very clear picture not just of their overall wellbeing but the factors that contribute to how they are feeling.
If you are willing, you can even share this data with your club coaches who will receive ongoing updates via the Coach’s Dashboard.
This feature is hugely important for clubs and coaches who take an active interest in ensuring the overall wellbeing of their players because it gives them actionable insights into the people they are coaching.
This can make it easier for a coach or club to pick up if a player is down, or explain why performance levels may change and helps them to speak to the athlete and work with them to make the required adjustments.
We also empower coaches with expert-written resources that help them approach these situations.
Arete goes one better than prompting users to think about these questions and their answers and what they mean for their overall wellbeing.
It actively drives conversations in the areas that need attention.
Your Wellbeing Coach is consistently assessing the data you provide and will be able to start conversations with you if it notices trends in your answers that need addressing.
What does that look like?
Well, let’s pretend you have rated your sleep as a two out of five for three days in a row whilst doing your daily check-in with their Wellbeing Coach.
Your Wellbeing Coach will pick up on that and send you a message asking if you want to talk about your sleep.
By engaging in the conversation, your Wellbeing Coach will help you to better understand why you might be struggling to sleep.
By offering athletes clear insights into their overall wellbeing, the Wellbeing Tracker not only makes it easier for them to see the things that are within their control to change.
Coupled with the 24/7 support of the Wellbeing Coach, which actively engages the athletes in conversations where and when it detects a conversation is required, Arete is a tool that truly helps athletes to Train Their Minds and Crush Their Limits.
Our Wellbeing Coach is trained in the latest clinically-validated approaches to sport psychology. Arete integrates traditional methods of sport psychology with approaches of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Our user-centred design advances traditional therapy methods and creates genuine innovation that enhances meaningful growth.
This makes for incredible advantages for the athletes themselves, but also for clubs and coaches.
Developed with professionals, our app is loaded with scientifically-backed tools and techniques that help youth athletes thrive.
The Arete app is launching on October 10 2020! This coincides with World Mental Health Day. Subscribe to our mailing list for updates and to be notified when the app drops.
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