This is an area of research currently in development. Young people are exposed to a wide array of apps that promise to help them manage their emotional and mental wellbeing but we know little about how young people use these apps and whether or not they are helpful. Our new research will explore young people’s  everyday use of apps for coping with anxiety and depression, with the aim of providing strategies for making the most beneficial use of digital mental health resources in the future. Susanna Trnka is the lead researcher on this project which also links to her broader research on young people’s  use of apps as part of self-care strategies.

Trnka, S. (2016). Digital Care: Agency and temporality in young people’s use of health apps. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 2 (2016), 248-265