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What’s Up? Is a free app that uses CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and ACT (acceptance commitment therapy) methods to help the user cope with anxiety, anger, stress and feelings of depression. It has interactive games, forums, a thought tracking diary and helpful techniques to manage your feelings.
What we think
The app provides strategy suggestions and is built off concepts from both CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), including mindfulness techniques, symptom tracking/self-monitoring, psychoeducation and information, connecting with peers.
The app is easy to navigate with clear sections with picture icons e.g. ‘Stop! Take a minute to calm down’, and when clicked, opens a series of pages to walk the user through a grounding activity. Most pages/sections can be accessed by 2-3 clicks from the main page.
The app is intended to support the user in the following ways:
- Provide strategies to keep the user grounded and in the moment
- Walk through breathing techniques
- Help the user identify the size of the problem
- Give the user a space to voice their thoughts and opinions
- Provide positive affirmations or uplifting quotes
- Provide information on different Coping Strategies, including ones specific to different diagnoses.
- Provide external resources e.g. to other websites
These tools can be used for anxiety, depression, stress, overwhelm, and a variety of other emotions or situations.
The ‘Get Grounded’ game within the app has simple stars that the user can tap on throughout the game.
The app is suitable for older teens or adults, as there is a forum where anyone can post their thoughts. Although some people do post Trigger Warnings (TW), there is no moderator for the forum and the discussions can be quite confronting.
There is a diary section of the app which the user can input personal information about how they feel, rate their day, and keep track of good and bad habits.
The user can change the theme (colour) of the app. Some colours require a donation to access.
There is a setting option to require a passcode in order to access the forum. This could be set by a parent to restrict access to viewing posts in the forum, so the app could be used without the social media functionality.
Yes. It is noted that the forum section of the app can be locked, for users who don’t want to access this function.
Some of the pages are quite wordy and have a lot of information presented, with very few pictures. It would be great if there were some more pictures or icons on some of the pages.
It would be great if there was the option for sharing data with others such as mental health providers.
I like how clearly everything is presented. For someone who is currently in stress and needing immediate support – it provides some great practical, evidence-based strategies that help ground the user and keep them in the moment.