When life gives you lemons, we are your LemonAID.
Sela R, Ellen G, Divya S, Bailey K, Jessica Y
LemonAID is a mobile app that focuses on improving mental health and promoting positivity. The app includes features such as a personalized feed of uplifting quotes, stories, and videos, a forum to provide users a safe space and a support system, and a mood tracker to log the user’s emotional and mental progress throughout the course of using our app.
The primary goal of this app is to provide an easily accessible source of positivity, support, and resources for those struggling with mental illness.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a 33% increase in diagnoses of major depression. However, according to data analyzed from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there hasn’t been a corresponding increase in mental health treatment for adolescents and young adults, indicating that there is an increasing number of young adults suffering from mental health issues that aren’t receiving treatment. In addition, the widespread toxicity in modern day news sources and social media have been shown to potentially exacerbate that rise.
We created LemonAID to simultaneously address the linked issues of the growing number of people with mental health issues and the negativity saturated in our media. We hope that our app will serve as an easily accessible, personalized source of daily positivity and supportive community. With our mood-tracker, personalized feed of inspiring quotes, videos, stories, and our user forum, we created a safe space for personal expression without the fear of backlash. Our project increases overall positivity and can reduce stigma around mental health and illness.
A significant challenge we faced was the fact that app development isn't a topic taught in the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program curriculum. Familiarizing ourselves with the new creator platform of Android Studio and learning an entirely new markup language and coding language was also very difficult. However, with support from our teachers who learned with us along the way and extensive research/online tutorials, we were able to overcome these challenges.