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Funding for sexual violence survivors’ mental health app


A Liverpool tech firm has been given a grant to develop its app, Moving Forward After Sexual Violence.

It is thought to be the world’s first app dedicated to mental health support for survivors of sexual violence.

Created by KRTS International, the £10k cash comes from LCR Activate.

“LCR Activate has been an excellent source of advice and support and has offered several solutions to deal with the specific barriers we were facing,” explained Cath Kerr, Co-founder of KRTS International.

“Our passion is to make sure that the right person gets the right support at the right time, as well as addressing the stigma surrounding mental health. There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to tackling mental health challenges, but we believe that the Moving Forward app can empower users in tackling them head-on.”

Kerr is a chartered psychologist and she founded the firm with trauma therapist, Dr Liz Royle.

Working in collaboration with Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, the funding has helped them build the app, which is now in the final stages of development.

It’s set to launch as a pilot scheme next year.

“Knowing that this product is the first of its kind, and being involved in bringing attention to the issues surrounding mental health, is something we are proud to support,” added Jonathon Clark, Business and Technology Manager at LCR Activate.

“Moving Forward is a prime example of a company the ‘tech for good’ trend we are seeing in in LCR and beyond – it really will bring a positive impact for users across the world.”

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