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The support customization options make this an excellent choice for teens suffering from stress and anxiety. There are so many ways to tailor Virtual Hope Box to a user's personal preferences.Teens can select images, songs, videos, and quotes to give them hope. If they can connect, they can include people who are important to them, or they can just include things that bring happiness. Having meaningful resources at your fingertips can be incredibly valuable in a moment of doubt or fear. The options to play games, use built-in relaxation exercises (including guided meditation), and create "coping cards" make Virtual Hope Box a standout app resource for in-the-moment relief. If used consistently, it could become the go-to coping resource for teens and adults suffering with stress, anxiety, and PTSD.
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Families can talk about how Virtual Hope Box can be customized to suit what helps individual users. Which tool on the app is most useful to your teen in moments of stress? Listening to self-selected songs? Looking at photos? Playing distracting games? Calling a friend?
Talk about the photos, videos, and songs your teen chooses to update and why. Share with them the personal and social media images that give you hope, too.
The organization that created this app is focused on supporting military veterans' mental health, but the reality of modern life is you don't have to be in the military to suffer from violence-related mental health issues and PTSD, and many kids experience violence-related PTSD, too. Read Common Sense Media's parent tips about How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Emotional Development: handling stress
Responsibility & Ethics: making wise decisions
Health & Fitness: meditation, mental health
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: October 11, 2016
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Size: 34.30 MB
- Publisher: National Center for Telehealth & Technology
- Version: 1.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.1 or later; Android varies with device
- Last updated: June 23, 2019
Our editors recommend
For kids who love meditation and mental health
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