Wirral-based KRTS Power to Respond has been named as the latest monthly winner of the Merseyside Innovation Awards (MIA) for 2019.

Since 1996, the awards have recognised and rewarded innovative companies and individuals in Merseyside who use creativity to fuel growth and profitability. MIA’s aim is to help businesses turn great ideas into great businesses and contribute towards the region’s economic development.

The team at KRTS specialises in ensuring people get the right support following distressing and traumatic events. Its digital health app meets the standards of the World Health Organisation, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, European Network for Traumatic Stress and the British Psychological Society.

MIA sponsors recognised the product’s two foremost functions. The first is to support individuals immediately after a difficult incident by helping them understand their emotions, proposing strategies to overcome these and directing them towards further support if necessary.

The second is offering loved ones, colleagues and helpers information on how they can help support someone and, importantly, what not to do.

KRTS director Cath Kerr said: “The app sits within a continuum of care, so, although it can be used as a standalone product, we work with each organisation to dovetail it with their existing strategic process.

“Our passion lies with ensuring the right person receives the correct support following a critical incident and our app also helps address the stigma surrounding mental health and normalise reactions as opposed to over-medicalising them.”

Brian McCann, MIA chairman, added: “In Liverpool alone 38,000 people have been diagnosed with depression and almost 7,000 with severe mental illness, and a report by the King’s Fund estimates the mental health expenditure in 2026 to be £1.4bn in the UK alone.

“The KRTS Power to Respond app provides an accessible, early intervention and cost effective service that organisations can deploy at the push of a button to respond instantly to the impact caused by emergency situations, crises, natural and man-made disasters.”

MIA is driven by a group of sponsor organisations including Dewinter, Mitchell Charlesworth, Unilever, Liverpool City Region LEP, Natwest, Insider Media, Village Software, WP Thompson, O’Connors, RTC North and BBC Radio Merseyside.

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