Social Justice App:
The app I want to create is to help young adults, those in their teens or twenties learn more about mental health. For the app I would like to have different areas of it where you can get information on different mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, OCD, as well as relationships, how to help a friend with any mental health issue and how to recognize some signs. Mental health seems to have such a negative stigma surrounding it and often times students or other young adults can feel alone or that something is wrong with them, when there really isn’t. I would also like for the app to have access to your location (with your permission) so it can locate offices, help centers, or groups around you that you can go to or contact.
Every university have a counseling center and I would like for information to be easily given to students through the app. They will be able to put in their school and through a search engine it will find that schools counseling services, the location, numbers they can be contacted, hours, and how to schedule an appointment. Again I find it very useful to take advantage of these services while they are still free for students.
Another part of the app would be a calming page. So if someone is having an anxiety or panic attack they can use this page to try and help calm them. The page will have music or sounds that the individual can set, meaning they can pick songs that help calm them and upload them to this part of the page like a playlist. It will also have nature sounds or other calming sounds that are used by professionals to create a calm environment. This part of the app will also have games, or things to read or anything else of that sort that can be used to calm the person and distract their minds just for a little until they can steady themselves and their breathing.
I would also like for it to have a lot of information on different mental disorders so people can easily see if they can relate to some of them. It will give information to the individual and also information to friends and family. How to tell friend and family members, how to cope, and what is normally the best way of dealing with these disorders.
It will also have a hotline page where numbers for suicide hotlines, eating disorder, abusive relationships, drug/alcohol use, and many other hotlines will be listed to contact if needed. This would be more like an emergency page.
It could also have message boards or other ways to talk to others who may be dealing with similar situations. Very often young adults may feel very alone and unsure in their lives and when they face mental health issues it helps so much to have someone else there who understands what you’re going through and to reassure that you’re going to be fine. I may not add this into the app as a message board because it could possibly be used in the wrong way but may try to find another way to try to connect people so they do not feel alone in any of it.
This app idea doesn’t really fit so much with my field research, because I thought of this idea after I did the project. But in a way it can also fit because many college students everyday face or have mental health issues but you would never know, including myself. It’s a larger issue then many seem to know of and much more common in college students.
For my visual design project I may use a PowerPoint or make a poster board explaining each page and how different information that I want to be in each part of the app.
I plan on doing some more research on the topic and thinking more of how I would want everything to be mapped out as an app. I would like to have each part of the app categorized by group so it is easy to understand on paper.
I am meeting with Kristina DeVoe April 8th and will have an outline of the app done as well as articles to help support the idea.
I will do some field research in Tuttleman Counseling waiting office if I can, just observing the various different types of students who come through.
By the last week of April/ first week of May I plan on completing the paper and other aspects of the project.
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