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Brief Published: 27 Mar 2018

Prism App Helps Young People Cope with Illness

The Prism app helps young people cope with chronic or terminal illness

Medical experts at Seattle Children's Hospital and US design firm Artefact have created an app called Prism to help young people cope with chronic or terminal illness.

Prism – which stands for promoting resilience in stress management – was originally developed as a pen-and-paper-based treatment plan. While the methodology successfully helped young adults cope with illness-related stress, patients indicated that tech-based engagement would be more effective.

With this insight, designers from Artefact filtered the original components of Prism into six effective exercises for coping with illness. These exercises help with stress management and mindfulness, goal setting and forward thinking, cognitive reframing, and building gratitude. Created with tech-savvy teens in mind, each module introduces the patient to important practices in a simple, visually pleasing way.

"This partnership will generate a version of Prism that is widely accessible, speaks the language of teens and young adults on a savvy digital platform and, most importantly, meets the needs of patients and families navigating adversity caused by a serious illness," said Abby Rosenberg, a doctor at Seattle Children's Hospital.

While still in the testing phase, the app has the potential to expand access to medically backed coping techniques for patients worldwide. Prism's potential users include not only young patients, but anyone who can benefit from stress-management practices.

With mental health issues on the rise, people are becoming more proactive about emotional wellbeing and are seeking tech-driven treatments. For more innovative solutions to health and wellness problems, read Nurturing Mental Health.