- Village is an app that has been codesigned with rangatahi and whānau to help young people going through hard times (low mood, self-harm, suicidal ideation) reach out for help from a network of 1-5 peers/whanau (buddies) to get timely support. It is designed to work alongside clinical care (as an extra layer of support) but would also be useful for those waiting to access face-to-face services. The app was tested in an open trial and found acceptable, safe, and helps to improve users’ mood.
- Whitu 7 days in 7 ways is an app aimed at providing young New Zealanders with tools to help them tackle anxiety and depression and to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Once you click on the link please scroll to the bottom of the article for links to download the app free on both android and ios. Participants in the pilot study demonstrated within-group improvements over time in wellbeing, depression, stress and anxiety at the 6-week follow-up. Whitu (meaning 7 in Te Reo) has also recently been evaluated in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) with the manuscript submitted to a medical journal.
- Aunty Dee is a free online tool that can be accessed on smartphones, tablets and desktop computers. The tool aims to help people work through a problem or problems. By encouraging users to think about, reflect and explore their problems in a structured way, users can proactively find solutions to their problems and then act. Although anyone can use the tool, it is aimed at Pacific and Maori young people aged 14-25 years. The website also has a library of tips and tricks for some common problems such as trouble sleeping or problems with relationships, friends, health and school.
- The Smiling Mind App This app has a selection of mindfulness and meditation programs for use in different circumstances (sport, workplace etc.) and for different age groups. Each programme has a number of modules or sessions designed to be worked through over a period of time. Each session has a podcast that gives the user details of the lesson, activity or meditation to undertake.
- Aroha Chatbot is a new chatbot designed by the University of Auckland to help young New Zealanders to cope with the stress and anxiety particularly in relation to COVID-19.
- I am enough aims to provide steps to learn self-help practices and coping strategies for young people experiencing painful, negative and/or stressful situations in the digital space. They shares stories, explores coping strategies for issues such as digital anxiety and digital depression
- 10 in 5 Game From 10 to 25 is a storytelling card game that builds understanding of what adolescence is and what young people need to thrive.
- COVID downlow Youth focused section of the Governments Unite against Covid-19 website.
- SPARX take control is an app and online game designed in Aotearoa to help young people cope with negative thoughts or feelings. In each level, the Guide will teach you new skills to feel better, solve problems and enjoy life outside of SPARX. Each level takes about half an hour, and we recommend you do one or two levels a week.
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