What is One Million Lives?Positive mental health and wellbeing is at the heart of One Million Lives. We know that it can be difficult to understand the many factors that contribute to overall mental health. To help better understand these complexities, Jacobs and mental health professionals have developed a free mental health Check-In tool to help users assess their current state of mind and provide suggestions for growth.
Why are we doing this?Our goal is to create a ripple effect across the globe, where over one million people are inspired to complete a mental health check-in. We want to break down the barriers that hinder honest conversations about mental health and encourage an open culture of support.
How do I use One Million Lives?Our check-in tool is a web-based application and can be accessed through all standard web browsers on computers or mobile devices at https://www.oml.world. Users can create an anonymized account, and once logged in can opt to take a quick or full check-in. Users will be asked a series of questions about their mental health to assess how they are currently coping. Once the check-in is complete, users will be able to view their results and explore suggestions for how to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
How often should I check-in?If you complete the full check-in and your scores are good, you might choose to check-in monthly. If you don’t feel mentally healthy or are in periods of higher stress, doing the full check-in every two to three weeks is great. Otherwise, taking the quick check-in everyday will help you to track daily ups and downs.
What is the difference between the quick check-in and full check-in?The full check-in takes 10-15 minutes and assesses :
- Current mental health (e.g. distress levels)
- Early warning signs of mental health (e.g. low resilience and not bouncing back from setbacks)
- Risk indicators (e.g. perfectionism, coping, or social isolation)
How do I view my past results?When signed in to the check-in tool, you can view your past results by clicking on 'My Results' in the top menu.
How do I understand my results?Take a moment to read through your results and the explanations and strategies provided. Your overall score is coded using emoji icons:
- Smiling Face - Good
- Neutral Face - Moderate
- Frowning Face - Low or concerning results
How are my results calculated and are they clinically validated?All assessments are normed and clinical validated scales. The check-in tool is designed to measure three key factors:
- Psychological distress
The Kessler-10 (K10) is one of the most commonly used assessments for General Practitioners (GPs) and health professionals to undertake in medical assessments. It measures non-specific psychological distress on the anxiety-depression spectrum, based on questions about people’s levels of nervousness, agitation, psychological fatigue and depression. The higher the score, the more likely it is that a mental health disorder may be present. Following the K10 being administered, further diagnosis of specific mental health disorders (if warranted) should be completed by a medical practitioner in conjunction with a full history, subjective assessment and other factors. For example, if the K10 score is high following a recent event such as a bereavement, a GP will manage a mental health plan differently compared to a situation where symptoms are severe, persistent over time, and are significantly affecting a person’s ability to function.
- Early warning signs or risk factors
Most participants should have low or moderate psychological distress scores. However if they have poor quality sleep, are starting to have difficulty bouncing back from challenges, have a history of poor mental health or poor lifestyle factors such as exercise and alcohol use, these questions will help educate and direct a proactive plan forward.
- Protective or proactive factors
For participants who are not distressed, there are still behaviors and personality traits that if identified, can be positively strengthened. The aim is to give insight and thought to these variables before they potentially lead to a bigger issue. For example, if people have extremely high standards for themselves, perfectionist tendencies, low social engagement, an avoidance of difficult thoughts or unintentionally high social media use, we think we can help them to understand the potential downsides and identify good mental health goals, presenting ways to broaden their resilience repertoire to not “overload” their mental health. Even if people have coping strategies that are working now, when the pressure loads it may become more important to have a wider ranging tool-box.
I am still struggling, what should I do?If you are feeling distressed, click the “Need help now?” button in the top right of this page to find resources in your area. Contacting a crisis line, your doctor, or a local mental health professional is a good start. Also ask whether your company has an Employee Assistance Provider (EAP).
A family member or friend has shared their results and they are struggling. What should I do?
Remind them that checking in has been a good step and thank them for letting you know. It can help to ask about the current support the person may have or resources they have used or have been recommended in the past. Always give hope for recovery and ask what you can do to help make their journey easier. If you are concerned for their safety, never keep suicide or self-harm risks a secret. Please seek immediate assistance from emergency services or a hospital.
What information do you collect?One Million Lives aims to collect no identifying data on our users and at no time will you be asked to provide personal data such as your name or email address. That means at no point will check-in results be able to be traced back to an identified or identifiable natural person. Anonymous Information we collect may include age range, gender, employment status, relationship status, organization (Jacobs or other) and country/city of residence. We also ask questions regarding health and medical history and status, and collect information relating to health, legal chemical and substance use and medical treatment, diagnoses, or conditions. Providing this information is always optional, although if you do not provide it, certain features of the check-in tool may not be available.
Why do you collect information?The information you voluntarily provide allows us to assess your mental health and make recommendations to you to improve your health. Sometimes we may combine some of your Anonymous Information with that of other users to do population health studies and improve our services.
Where do you collect information?In addition to processing the Anonymous Information in the country wherever you are located, we may also process information in other countries, including Australia, UK and the United States.
How do you collect information?We collect the Anonymous Information directly from you through our website and One Million Lives check-in tool.
Who do you share the information with?We share the Anonymous Information with our service providers and medical researchers, but only to the extent necessary to provide our services.
On occasions where we use an aggregation of the Anonymous Information collected from users to do population health studies, we may report the findings back via media such as the One Million Lives website. These findings are intended to give insight in how the general population is currently coping and encourage open conversation about mental health and further knowledge sharing.
Can I ask for my data to be deleted?Yes, you can delete your data by selecting the 'Delete Account' option in under account settings.