When I actually tested it out My Journey delivered a series of questions, asking me to rate how intense or bad my feelings were and then gave me tailored advice according to how it rated my responses. It was good.
I really liked the app’s design. It is bright and colorful and has a positive background image. I know I would rather use an app with a positive design than an app that is grey and boring! It can mean the difference between using the app every day or not at all. The layout and look of the questions was very innovative and interactive, giving me confidence that it had been well developed for its users. You could also insert your own picture as an image on the answer button. This made it feel much more personal, something that I think is important in a mental health app.
Ease of use
Initial help and directions were perfect for getting started with My Journey. However using it on a small screen was hard. On my phone everything was a bit squished and small and the app seems to have been built for a 7 inch or tablet sized screen. Apart from that the app was very clear and simple to use.
As a mental health app My Journey delivers very useful advice and information for people experiencing symptoms of psychosis. However on further use I found that the same advice and tips came up on each question. Often the same advice was repeated and if rated above 7 a message kept appearing about going to seek help. This could be helpful in some cases but having it appear when I used the app every day felt like it was a bit much.
The ability to set daily reminders and having emergency contacts on hand if you need them are both useful features.
My Journey doesn’t have the ability to record your answers on a day to day basis. This feature would allow you to keep track of good and bad days and see what works and what doesn’t on each one. It could also help you to identify when you are relapsing or at risk of it.
Overall My Journey is very useful mental health app. Here’s a summary of its good and bad points.
- Offers good information on advice to help people manage their condition
- Bright and appealing to the eye
- Emergency contacts and reminder options
- Being able to personalise it
- Cant record answers – unable to look back on good days and bad days and see how well you are doing or how things are changing
- Isn’t designed for small screens – it looks very squished and the features are small, particularly with the rating function
- Repetitive advice and tips may hinder daily use
For an interactive presentation about My Journey click here.