Supportive text messages to build coping skills:
The Queens team provided CBT and DBT based messaging that we paired with popular quotations and striking images that were already common on social media. The purpose of the messaging was to provide supplementary support to those constrained by location, technology, or social stigma, in a way that felt private and familiar.
Given the costs and wait times associated with seeking mental health services today, our goal was to provide a supplementary service that was faster, cheaper, and more scalable than existing options.
Launched Mind Hero
Survey and Research
Preparation beginning on the following research study, which is still in progress. St. Denis, E., Tamrat, E., Adirim, J., Roberge, J. Mindhero: Supportive Text Messages to Improve Coping Skills in Adolescents and Young Adults.
Separate surveys and a small pilot were conducted with students at St. Lawrence College. Students were provided the app two weeks before the start of their winter term exams. Key takeaways from those surveys found that:
50% of students said they would use Mind Hero daily if provided by their institution.
50% would recommend the app to a friend.
over 90% of users had used a website for stress reduction techniques (breathing, mood tracking, anxiety or stress management)
86% wanted their institution to pay for those interested in signing up.
Based on early user feedback and additional surveys, we have started working an expanded application with provides personalization for individuals and a larger library of helpful tips and exercises.
To avoid confusion with a mindfulness app that recently launched, we've renamed the service Kalari. Follow our progress at Kalari.ca