In a joint project between the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester researchers have examined the initial trial of a smartphone application designed to help people manage their problems.
The ‘Catch It’ app uses some of the key principles of psychological approaches to mental health and well-being, and specifically Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Helping users better understand their moods through use of an ongoing diary.
CBT is a therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.
The widespread use of mobile phones makes effective therapies such as CBT potentially accessible to large numbers of people.
The ‘Catch It’ app takes users through a process referred to as “Catch it, Check it, Change it”.