Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM) is an app for all mobile devices intended for individuals who suffer from significant anxiety. Designed by a team of research psychologists and computer scientists in England, SAM was created to be effective, user-friendly, and evidenced-based. It provides users with a symptom tracker, educational articles and external links, relaxation techniques, and additional coping skills and practice for managing anxiety. SAM is also trialing a “Social Cloud,” a closed social networking function that allows SAM users to share experiences, suggestions, and support. SAM can be used in conjunction with a mental health professional or on its own; while not a replacement for traditional treatments for anxiety, it is likely to be particularly helpful for individuals who do not have access to them.

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Overall Score: 3.20/5.00

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

Total 9/14

date of rating: June 2016

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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 4.10/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 3.60
Functionality: 4.25
Aesthetics: 4.17
Information: 4.38

Subjective quality score: 2.88

Perceived impact score: 3.00

Rating date: August 2016
Rated by: Queensland University

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Available for: Mobile Devices
Company: University of the West of England (UWE)
Classification: Cognitive Behavioral Principles
Targeted conditions: Stress & Anxiety
Target demographic: Adults
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language versions available: No
Where to get it:
Google Play