#Connections: Amanda Southworth’s Apps Connect People to Better Mental Health

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As you may know, my blog theme for this year is Connections, and I’ll post about how people build connections throughout 2019. (See my original post at

This month, I’m highlighting Amanda Southworth’s work. As a young teenager, she struggled with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. When she wasn’t able to find a free and accessible alternative to treatment, she invented one, and the AnxietyHelper app was born. It includes a stress-relieving game, mental health information, and directions to mental health resources.

Southworth has also created the Verena app for members of the LGBTQ+ community. It contains tools to help individuals before, during, and after incidents of bullying and abuse. It includes secure ways of notifying contacts and a resource for locating police stations, hospitals, and other safe havens.

Both apps connect people to tools they can use and  help them know they are not alone. What a brilliant way to build #Connections. Thank you, Amanda!

To learn more about this amazing young woman, check out this article about Amanda:

or her Astra Labs website featuring her apps at

I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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