Creating a prototype evidence-based youth mental health app

The project engages youth from Wellington County between the ages of 12 and 29 as partners in co-designing and piloting a prototype for an evidence-based mental health app for managing anxiety in the COVID-19 era. The overall goal is to develop a prototype design informed by youth needs that meaningfully engages youth in the process.

Youth will work with design experts to identify the features and functions that best meet the needs and preferences of its intended audience. Participating youth will come from the Integrated Youth Services Network (IYSN), a partnership of more than 30 organizations working to build a new standard of care, support, and services for youth in Wellington County and Guelph.

The app will be evaluated using HRI’s App Evaluation Framework, developed in 2020.

Research Team: Dr. John Weekes (HRI), Cyndy Moffatt Forsyth (IYSN), Dr. Yuri Quintana (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Harvard University, HRI), Sarah Sousa (HRI), Alyna Walji (HRI), Zoe Liao (BIDMC), Jessa Wilcoxen (Millikin University)

Funder:  Ontario Trillium Foundation