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UWE Bristol tackles anxiety with app!

By Sj.Cliff
UWE Bristol tackles anxiety with app!

Psychologists and computer scientists at UWE Bristol have created a globally successful app to deal with a problem faced by all students at some time or another… anxiety.

Since its launch in July last year, SAM: Self-help for Anxiety Management has been downloaded in 94 countries by over 110,000. The response has been so good that even into the top 100 ranking for health apps in 43 countries and gained NHS endorsment!

So how does it work? The first of its kind, university developed application is a psycho-educational tool that runs on smartphones and tablets to help users understand what anxiety is and what causes it, as well as management techniques.

Psychologists and computer scientists at UWE Bristol have created a globally successful app to deal with a problem faced by all students at some time or another… anxiety.

As well as 37 self-help options like long and short relaxation exercises, meditation, calming images and interactive games; there is a community forum where users can anonymously support each other.

Social Cloud, a community forum where users can support each other anonymously is another popular aspect.

The project team consulted student advisors and counsellors within the University and with independent and NHS practitioners in counselling, clinical psychology and psychiatry, as part of developing the content.

With 2/10 of us experience serious anxiety at some point, The app is well on the way to changing lives!
 

Tagged: uni, students, stress, health, education

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