Virtual Hope Box is a multi-media coping skill app designed for individuals struggling with depression (particularly military service members). The four main features of Virtual Hope Box include sections for distraction, inspiration, relaxation, and coping skill options. The distraction techniques include games that require focus, like Sudoku and word puzzles. The relaxation techniques offer a variety of guided and self-controlled meditation exercises. The coping techniques offer suggestions for activities that reduce stress. The inspiration section offers brief quotes to improve mood and motivation. The app can be used in collaboration with a mental health provider through the “coping cards” feature, which can be programmed to address specific problem areas. The relaxation tools can also be used with a clinical professional or other meditation partner, if desired.

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Overall Score: 3.92/5.00

Overall Score: 11/14

Research Base: 3/3
Research Funding: 2/2
Proposed Intervention: 3/3
Consumer Ratings: 2/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 0/2

Date of Rating: February 2018

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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 3.59/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 3.80
Functionality: 3.38
Aesthetics: 2.83
Information: 4.33

Subjective quality score: 3.25

Perceived impact score: 3.33

Rating date: November 2017
Rated by: Queensland University

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Available for: Android; iOS 6.1 or later
Company Name: National Center for Telehealth & Technology
Type of Treatmetn: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring, Gratitude
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, PTSD
Target Audience: Adults (especially military personnel)
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available : English, German, Japanese, Polish, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Where to get it: iTunes , Google Play