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!