Gaming to tackle anxiety
A Low cost digital intervention to provide early support to young people
Anxiety affects approximately 400,000 8-12 year olds in the UK. Anxiety has a huge impact on young people’s lives, preventing them from going to school, seeing friends, and participating in ‘normal’ activities, and causing depression, self-harm, and life-long negative effects.
Yet up to 70% of young people with disordered anxiety don’t access any treatment. Referrals to child mental health services have increased 26% in the last 5 years, but waiting lists for treatment can be up to 18 months long, and 1 in 4 referrals are refused.
A highly engaging, immersive, mobile game that will facilitate graded exposures based on exposure therapy (the “active ingredient” of CBT) to provide support to 7-12 year olds experiencing difficulties with anxiety.
“It was great to see so many talented, energetic people, committed to supporting children with mental health problems, all in one room and totally focused on what could really be a lifesaver for some children.”
Adele, parent of a young person with anxiety and participant in co-creation workshop
WORK SO FAR
Literature review of anxiety, CBT, exposure therapy and game design
Interviews and conversations with young people, parents, teachers, GPs, commissioners and therapists
Building a network of experts and practitioners
Co-creation sessions with teachers, parents, young people, therapists, children’s authors
Developing game narrative, mechanics and flow
Building a disruptive way of facilitating graded exposures
Testing digital prototypes with young people
Developing a minimum viable product to take into pilot testing in early 2019
June 2019: commence full production
July to November 2019: user testing
Early 2020: pilot
June 2020: ready for launch
WANT TO BECOME AN EARLY ADOPTER?
If you want to get children and young people to start learning how to better cope with their worries, and get involved in the product development process then please contact us now.
Manjul Rathee, Innovation Lead