In Hand: the inspiration behind the mental health app launching tomorrow
With the launch tomorrow of In Hand, a mental health and well being app, one of the young people on the creative team at FACT shares her reasons for working on the project.
13 May 2014
"So you may be wondering who I am and why I decided to get involved in this project. I’m Gabi, one of the people who have worked together with the team to help create this app so I’ll just start by giving you a brief summary of myself.
I’ve suffered from a few mental health issues from a young age and it has caused some of the largest obstacles in my life. Learning how to handle, and even understand, my mental health issues took a lot of years and I still struggle with them from time to time.
I’ve always wanted to help others who may struggle every now and again and as someone who lives through constant ups and downs, I felt I could give my point of view to the team, which could maybe help others in similar situations.
The biggest lesson I learnt was that the person who is struggling is the strong one and has to constantly strive to keep emotional balance in their lives.
Being involved in this project has truly been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I’ve met so many great people and learnt so much in the few months from when we all started. The best thing about this project is knowing that there’s a chance that someone out there will find this app and it may help them through a tough time in their lives; that this app will hopefully help someone in need.
I feel the In Hand app enables the user to be fully independent and it can be used as a personal aid to help keep a balance in their lives. Of course everyone has good and bad days, myself and the rest of the team know this. That’s why we all came together to create an app that aims to help anyone and everyone through the good and the bad times, giving gentle motivation and prompts for when you’re feeling great or maybe having a bad day.
In the future I hope to complete my university degree in graphic design and continue to take part in projects which aim to help others."
In Hand will be available for download from Wednesday 14 May
If you would like to know more about the In Hand app, or any of FACT's work with young people, please contact