|Headstrong||By Kekeno Tech|
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|Country of origin||New Zealand|
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What does the app do?
The app teaches a variety of proven skills and strategies to help teens improve their mental wellbeing, manage stress, resolve conflict, and deal with negative thoughts and strong emotions. The app uses an engaging conversational style of short interactions with a chatbot. Skills are taught using stories, motivational whakatauki (proverbs), audio tracks, infographics, and mini-games to make the information more relatable and teen-friendly. Te Whare Tapa Whā guides the content to ensure a holistic and bicultural experience.
When users start the app, they are prompted to choose a ‘course':
- Foundations (general skills for thinking and feeling better)
- Stress Detox (21 ways to be stress and worry-free)
- Kia Haumanu (connecting rangatahi with te Ao Māori).
Users can do more than one course at a time. Each course teaches a range of skills, and users can personalise their wellbeing journey by selecting the most relevant ones. Each skill earns them a badge. Users can get reminders to encourage them to return to the app to learn more.
✔ Developed by mental health experts in consultation and co-design with young people.
✔ Culturally responsive/bicultural app - grounded in Māori, Pacific, and Western science, Headstrong provides a holistic approach to mental well-being
✔ Content in the Kia Haumanu course uses English and Te Reo Māori
✔ Available 24/7
✔ Teaches proven psychological and coping skills to enhance mental health and prevent psychological ill-health.
✔ Content is broken down into micro-skills (organised as skill sets e.g., mind skills, problem-solving skills etc.)
✔ Users are free to navigate the app any way they want.
✔ Easy and quick to do (5-10 min per skill)
✔ Award-winning design
✔ 100% free
✘ It is not intended to be used as ‘therapy’. Instead, it is a mental health-enhancing tool. It can be used alongside other psychological/counselling support.
✘ There is limited opportunity for users to enter free text into the chatbot exchange. Conversation with the chatbot may sometimes feel “unsophisticated” due to the prescriptive nature of the chatbot’s responses.
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