Appy with our An­droid launch

De­signed to help gauge men­tal health

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture:Gra­hame Larter. Ref: RS160538.

Pupils Bran­don Carter, Matthew Adams, Maria Pyne, Maisie Fuller, Jack Keen, Mia Spence and Alex Telford.

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