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Designed to help gauge mental health
TEENAGERS at a Staines school have designed an app that allows young people to gauge their mental health.
Students at The Magna Carta School created My TeenMind in collaboration with Gaia Technologies.
The app, which is thought to be the first mental health app in Britain, will be launched on Android and Apple devices on February 23 by the government’s first mental health champion, Natasha Devon MBE.
The app includes a mood tracker with emojis reflecting, happy, okay, anxious, sad and angry moods to allow youngsters to track their daily moods.
There are five interactive sections – my environment, my mind, my relationships, my body and my relaxation – with topics for each relating to mental, emotional and physical health, offering short punchy definitions, advice and where to get help in school and in the community.
Head of health and wellbeing at the Thorpe Road-based school, Clare Erasmus, said: “Our students designed the wellbeing app to serve as a prompt to young people to think about how they are feeling, to consider whether they might need some support, and where to find that help.
“It is part of a wider approach the school is taking to support pupils and our staff in maintaining good mental health, which includes teaching them strategies to cope with stress and anxiety.”
The Health and Wellbeing App was the result of work carried out by the school’s leadership team, Dr Rita Rebholz and support from The Children’s Society.
Mental health charity Woking Mind, mental health nurses, social workers and educational professionals have all inputted into the content of the app with the students helping to research.
Pupils Brandon Carter, Matthew Adams, Maria Pyne, Maisie Fuller, Jack Keen, Mia Spence and Alex Telford.