“Take a Chill” aims to teach mindfulness skills and other tools to teenagers who need help managing stress & anxiety. There are two quick exercises called “Stop, Take a Moment” and “Prep, Center Yourself”, which both consist of up to eight written instructions with accompanying pictures to promote relaxation and breathing. There are six “Daily Dose” activities, one of which should be completed every day. These are activities which can be completed throughout the day – for example, the “Appreciation” exercise asks users to think about all of the things they appreciate about themselves and enter them into the app as they come to them throughout the day. There are two audio mindfulness tracks available (both about 3 minutes in length) and additional audio tracks can be purchased. In the “Progress” section of the app, users can track their progress and receive a daily motivational quote, which can be shared with friends via social media if desired. Users can set reminders for themselves to complete the various activities and add notes on any insights or ideas they want to make note of. A stress inventory allows users to determine their level of stress, and the score can be emailed to a point of contact (e.g. parent or teacher) or archived. The app is available on iTunes for a cost of $1.99.

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Overall Score: 2.15/5.00

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

Total 6/14

date of rating:  July 2017

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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 3.01/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 2.80
Functionality: 3.50
Aesthetics: 2.33
Information: 3.42

Subjective quality score: 1.88

Perceived impact score: 3.25

Rating date: November 2017
Rated by: Queensland University

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Available for: iOS 4.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Company Name: Channel Capital, LLC
Classification (Type of Treatment): Mindfulness
Targeted conditions: Stress & Anxiety
Target demographics: Teenagers
Special provider necessary: No
Languages Available in: English, German, Northern Sami, Spanish
Where to get it: iTunes