In Hand’s ingenuity lies in its simplicity. Designed specifically for young people who may suffer from anxiety or low moods, though accessible to all, the app is an effective way of working towards feeling better for those under stress. It greets you and asks how you are when opened, giving you four mood options to choose from, each leading to a different response. This system can act as a lifeline to those in dark places, if they choose to use it when they knowingly feel bad, and it also encourages proactive introspection in those who choose to regularly check in with the app.
Each mood option is an appropriate reaction to the user’s mood, with those who are feeling “Good” being celebrated with pleasant and encouraging images and words/phrases, those who are feeling “So-So” being motivated with inspirational quotes from historical and contemporary figures across all fields, those who are feeling “Not Good” are entertained through customizable media options (taking photos, viewing photos or videos, listening to music), and those who are feeling “Awful” are given the ability to vent or share their feelings by writing them down or by calling Samaritans or any other number they choose to store there.
In Hand has been streamlined to include only the question and options listed above, but this works well because there’s little else it could need without facing over-complication, and it manages to feel warm and welcoming even though you’re only ever a max of two thumb taps away from where you need to be. The efficient yet personable was accomplished through the development team going through similar apps and finding all the features they felt should be avoided (a process viewable in the six minute video on their site that documents the production process), and it is evident how much they care about helping anyone who uses their app, backed-up by their Facebook and Twitter accounts which share links pertinent to mental health.
To summarise, In Hand is an excellent tool that accepts people are going to have good days and bad days, and so does it’s best to engage people in the most stimulating way, relevant to their mood, in order to help them manage their stress and hopefully have more good days than bad overall.