It is vital that research into what really helps people improve their mental health doesn’t sit on shelves gathering dust.
That’s why the Mental Health Foundation have teamed up to work with the University of Bristol to bring you the HappyPlace for iPhone and iPad, a mood management tool that harnesses a new training method developed by the university’s researchers. They’ve found that training ourselves to recognise positive emotions in faces instead of negative emotions can improve our mood over time.
HappyPlace is based on a pioneering new technique, proven to modify the cognitive processes that play such an important role in mental health, boosting your mood.
If you feel down or have depression, you are much more likely to view the world in a negative light. Using the HappyPlace app can help modify your cognitive process, leading you to perceive everyday situations more positively.
During a session the app shows you a number of faces, some of which are obviously happy or sad, while others are more ambiguous. By encouraging you to interpret these ambiguous faces as positive, rather than negative, HappyPlace can alter your cognitive processes and help you learn to manage your mood in a positive way.
At a time when patients often face long waiting lists for therapy, the app will help many people to better manage their own mental health.
This, in turn, can help lift your mood and have a positive impact on your mental health and wellbeing. The app incorporates mood monitoring questionnaires and a diary function to help you to keep track of your progress.
HappyPlace is available to download from the iTunes Store now, priced at £1.49. 10% of all sales will go to fund more of the Foundation’s life changing research.