Mental health app design – a journey from concept to completion

Topham, P., Caleb-Solly, P., Matthews, P., Farmer, A. and Mash, C. (2015) Mental health app design – a journey from concept to completion. In: MobileHCI 2015: 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, Copenhagen, Denmark, 24-27 August 2015. Available from:

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The development of a mental health app, one with significant potential for impacting on and transforming peoples’ lives, requires a diligent approach for integrating and delivering clinical expertise which is to be used by a vulnerable user group. The challenges include ensuring adequate involvement of a user group that is not only hard to recruit, but equally complex to engage with in order to ensure ecological validity of the different elements of the user-centred design process. Discussing the design and deployment of an anxiety management app, SAM [Self-help for Anxiety Management], we discuss approaches adopted to address the challenges involved and the impact these had on the final design. The paper concludes with a set of pragmatic recommendations, based on our experience of the process.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:mobile app design, mental health app, user-centred design process
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences
ID Code:26610
Deposited By: P. Topham
Deposited On:07 Sep 2015 09:54
Last Modified:03 Dec 2016 19:22

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