In July 2011, we released a Smartphone Application called Stress Tips that included tips from people from all walks of life on how they manage their anxiety. A re-Tweet at the time from Stephen Fry endorsing the App as ‘good advice all round’ saw downloads of Stress Tips increase by the thousands, making a huge impact to the charity.
This year, the charity has expanded on the app to include a new set of options that will be of use to anyone who wants to know more about anxiety or for those who are seeking support. Stress Tips is officially released today to coincide with World Mental Health Day in an effort to help raise awareness that anxiety can be treated – that those affected needn’t suffer in silence.
New features include:
Developed by Anxiety UK Clinical Advisor and Professor of Clinical and Experimental Psychopathology, Adrian Wells, the DIY Diagnosis asks a series of questions, giving users a score out of five for how high they rank for a particular anxiety disorder. They will then be able to read more about the condition, giving them a better idea of what they could be experiencing.
“This will be a very useful tool for those who are experiencing anxiety, particularly for those who have recently developed anxiety and do not know what form of anxiety,” explained Anxiety UK CEO, Nicky Lidbetter. “The results that the app gives can be shared with GPs who in turn can then assist users to gain access to support and treatment services including services available through Anxiety UK..”
Get Help/Give Help
In this section, users are able to read more about a particular anxiety condition and see how it affects others. The information is updated regularly with input from visitors to the Anxiety UK website and includes the experiences of other anxiety sufferers and how they manage their anxiety. Users can also post their own experiences and support others.
Users can add to the list of recordings available on their device with the ability to record personal tips or those from friends and family. “If you have a phrase, quote or story that you find helpful to hear when you’re feeling anxious, you can record it and store it for future use,” Lidbetter explained.
Users can create their own categories and store tips so that they are easily accessible when they need them. For example, users can create a ‘relaxation’ category and choose which tips they’d like to include, easily finding them when feeling like they need relaxation inspiration.
If you find Stress Tips useful and want to give back to Anxiety UK, you can do this with a click of a button! You’ll be brought to a donations page of the Anxiety UK website where you can make a donation of your choosing.
“We rely on the generosity of the app users to be able to continue to provide innovative services,” explained Lidbetter. “If you use Stress Tips and find it useful, please donate what you can to support the charity.”
Stress Tips is available for 69p on Android and iPhone devices by visiting either the Android Marketplace or iTunes and searching for Stress Tips.
Comments from Stress Tips users
• This app is so convenient for when I can feel my anxiety building. It just helps to put my mind at ease.
• I thought I was the only one that suffered from anxiety! This app made me realise I’m not and it has some great advice too!!
• I can highly recommend this app. It’s really helpful to have real people explaining how they cope with anxiety. It can be a real comfort.