Managing Anxiety through Mobile Application Training Suites; Social Stigmas and Fear: Normalization of Mental Health in the United States

Ngu, William, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Norton, Peter, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Ibrahim, Ahmed, EN-Comp Science Dept, University of Virginia

How can mental health be managed more efficiently? Successful mental health care is not only effective, but accessible.
How can a mobile application training suite relieve the user’s anxiety? The computer science capstone team worked with MindTrails, a UVA research initiative, to create an anxiety training mobile application. The MindTrails website offers training to help users prevent anxious thoughts, but retention is low. MindTrail seeks a new mobile app that may improve retention. My team used React Native and Flask to build the mobile app for iOS and Android platforms. To improve accessibility, the app stores user progress locally and uses notifications to retain users who may be at risk of abandoning the program.
How is the stigma of mental health affected by accessibility to mental health care? In the U.S., although mental health care has become more commonplace, persistent stigmas still deter care seeking by those who need it. Advocacies such as the National Association on Mental Illnesses fight stigma by promoting public awareness of mental illness. Businesses, schools, and prisons respond to mental health matters in their organizations, sometimes in ways that diminish stigma.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Mental Health, Mental Disorder, Mental Illness, Stigma, Mindtrails

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Technical Advisor: Ahmed Ibrahim
STS Advisor: Peter Norton
Technical Team Members: Everett Adams, Jeffrey Gerken, Danielle Newman, Jacobo Pacheco, Brady Page, Daniel Zarco

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