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Mend is ideal for those suffering from anxiety and depression because of breaking up with a significant other. The app utilizes mindfulness approaches as well as symptom tracking of mood and depression related behaviors in the form of a digital journal. Short guided audio exercises are provided daily for the user, incorporating behavioral strategies to implement to boost mood, alleviate anxiety/depression, and maintain wellness through periods of grief. Mend also provides a journaling opportunity after each session to briefly respond with specific thoughts and targets for how to modify thoughts or behaviors moving forward. The app is free for the first week and can be purchased by month, every three months, or yearly for subsequent self-care trainings each with a different daily topic of improvement.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 2.15/5.00

Research base 0/3
Research support 0/2
Specificity of proposed intervention 2/3
Number of consumer ratings 2/3
Product advisory support 0/1
Software support 2/2

Total 6/14

date of rating:  June 2017


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 4.39/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 4.40
Functionality: 4.63
Aesthetics: 4.00
Information: 4.50

Subjective quality score: 3.75

Perceived impact score: 4.00

Rating date: July 2018
Rated by: Queensland University


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Available for: iOS 9.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
Company Name: Mend
Classification (Type of Treatment): Symptom Tracking, Mindfulness
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders, and Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety Post-Breakups
Target demographics: Adolescents, Adults
Special provider necessary: No
Languages Available in: English
Where to get it: iTunes App Store

Research on this App

No evaluations of the efficacy of Mend exist. The strategies contained within Mend are follow recommendations for therapeutic interventions following heartbreak as advocated by Fisher and colleagues (2016). This includes adopting interventions similar to those used in addictions such as self-expanding exercises (Xu et al., 2010) or mindfulness-based approaches that aim to alleviate the symptoms of heartbreak that align with addiction (i.e. cravings, relapse, and withdrawal). Therefore, Mend appears to contain some evidence-based principles, but would benefit from formal evaluation.

Fisher, H. E., Xu, X., Aron, A., & Brown, L. L. (2016). Intense, passionate, romantic love: a natural addiction? How the fields that investigate romance and substance abuse can inform each other. Frontiers in psychology, 7.

Xu X., Floyd A. H. L., Westmaas J. L., Aron A. (2010). Self-expansion and smoking abstinence. Addict. Behav. 35 295–301.