A Mental Health app called Mental Snapp will be launched next Wednesday (January 24th) designed to help people manage their mental health better.
Mental Snapp is a video diary providing users with the tools to create videos of their life experiences easily. You can tell your story, rate your mood, name your feelings and the subject area you are recording on, e.g. stress and sleep. The mental health app comes up with intelligent responses and prompts for what to record on next based on the tags you attach to your recordings
Hannah Chamberlain, co-founder of the app and originator of the idea, said; “I came up with the idea for Mental Snapp having told my own mental health story on film and helped other people tell theirs. I’ve been managing my own condition and making films on mental health for twenty years, and seen how telling your own story on film really makes a difference to people. Mental Snapp is a way to make the therapeutic benefits of journaling, rating mood and naming feelings accessible – the camera on your phone can be the therapist in your pocket.”
The Office for Disability Issues, DWP, says; “We welcome Mental Snapp as an innovative idea to help people manage their mental health. People living with mental health and other long-term health conditions have barriers to overcome in living independently. The Government has set out a commitment to see one million more disabled people in work by 2027 and technology has an important part to play in helping us achieve this goal. Mental Snapp is an exciting example of how technology can help promote methods of recovery that help people to live fulfilling lives.”
Author and mental health activist, Mental Snapp user Michael Brown has bipolar disorder and has been creating videos with the app throughout its beta phase. Michael, 34, is married to husband John, lives in central Cambridge, and is part of a funded research team looking into bipolar, anxiety and new methods of treatment. He said; “It is important to record my mood and Mental Snapp is a superb way of recording, monitoring and looking after my mental health all in one app. Mental Snapp helps me better understand, manage and look after my mental health and wellbeing.”
Mental Snapp has attracted lots of attention during its beta phase, with funding from BGV Ventures, and in November 2017 the app’s founder, Hannah Chamberlain, was awarded The Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs, a prize £30,000, presented by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou. An independent study from London Southbank University has shown that using Mental Snapp, over a period of just two weeks, has a significant impact on confidence.
To find out more about the app, visit the website and social media accounts, and you can download the app for free from the App Store and Google Play.
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