The Village

A New Zealand based app, by Starship hospital, to support young people to connect and share their feelings with trusted friends and family.
The Village By Starship Foundation
  • Positive thought of the day
  • Access to tips for 'supporting your buddy' and 'if you’re down'
  • Reminders – daily reminders can be set

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Country of origin  Aotearoa New Zealand
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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? No
  • require a login? Yes
  • have password protection? Yes
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? Yes
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Cost Free
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What does the app do?

The Village is a social networking app that allows the user to select up to 5 ‘buddies’ who they can regularly connect with to check-in on their mental health and well-being. Messages have 5 pre-written questions, so it's easy to start a conversation. The app provides a platform for users to ‘check-in’ with each other on a frequent basis. It also provides links to other relevant mental health services in NZ.

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✔ App is easy to understand and navigate.

✔ Access to links to relevant NZ support services.

✔ Provides ways for “buddies” to support each other in a non-confrontational manner.

✔ Content is factual and relevant.

✔ If the app picks up worrying messages, the user is offered the option to speak with someone.

✔ Co-designed with young people and whānau.

✘ Can only select 5 buddies – limits numbers.

✘ Can limit the number of messages you receive from a buddy (eg, only receive 4 messages per week from ….) – buddy may feel excluded if messages are limited? This does not seem to be compulsory though.

Review details

Date of review: October 2022
Platform reviewed: Apple
Version: 1.0.4 

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Reviewed by: Jasmine Murphy, Registered Psychologist, Private Practice

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