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#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 https://lynnlovegreen.com/2019-theme-connections/.)

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: https://www.threedotdash.org/amanda-southworth

or her Astra Labs website featuring her apps at https://withastra.com.

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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