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      A Review of Apps and Websites for Promoting Mental Wellbeing: Findings and Initial Recommendations for Design

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      Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction Conference

      4 - 6 July 2018

      Mental health, mental wellbeing, young people, digital technology

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            Mental wellbeing is the combination of feeling good and functioning well. Digital technology widens the opportunities for promoting mental wellbeing, particularly among those young people for whom technology is an ordinary part of life. This paper presents an initial review of publicly available apps and websites that have a primary purpose of promoting mental wellbeing. The review was in two stages: first, the interdisciplinary research team identified and reviewed 14 apps/websites, then 13 young people (7 female, 6 male) aged 12–18 years reviewed 11 of the apps/websites. Overall, the reviewers’ views were positive, although some significant criticisms were made. Based on the findings of the study, initial recommendations are offered to improve the design of apps/websites for promoting mental wellbeing among young people aged 12–18 years: highlight any age limits, provide information on mental wellbeing, improve findability, ensure accessibility on school computers, and highlight if young people were involved in design.

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            Conference
            July 2018
            July 2018
            : 1-11
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            [0001]The Glasgow School of Art Moray, UK
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/HCI2018.12
            8d435e60-68d9-4a49-8e79-24c9fe59f569
            © Taylor. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of British HCI 2018. Belfast, UK.

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            Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
            HCI
            32
            Belfast, UK
            4 - 6 July 2018
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction Conference
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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