A mobile application created to help users alleviate stress and learn more about mental health.

Taylor C & Duaa Z

"The Half Full App" serves as a platform for users to take a survey in order to assess their current mood, based on their responses to a set of various scenarios. The app then generates a page of recommendations, including tips, helpful breathing exercises, recommended foods, and even a Spotify music playlist they can listen to based on their current mood. The app also includes multiple resources users can access to learn more about what mental health is, why it’s so important, what stress is, and what we can do alleviate stress and anxiety. The phrase “Half Full” pays homage to the often used saying “Don’t look at the glass as if it’s half empty. It’s half full”.

With suicide rates and the prominence of mass shootings on the rise, mental health has come to dominate conversations on both a micro level and national scale. Combined with a lack of a universal platform for 21st Century teens and adolescents to measure and identify signs of poor mental health, this issue poses a considerable problem that’s worth exploring ways to combat.

Keeping in mind the power and prevalence of modern technology in the lives of adolescents today, our solution was a mobile application by the name “Half Full”. Providing teens and avid users with self-help gives them a place to track their moods and learn more about mental health. The application blends technology and optimism to solve a greater issue.

We utilized HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Adobe PhoneGap to craft mood surveys, display information on mental health, and connect users with good resources and recommendations so they may “see the glass as half full.”

One technical difficulty we had in the creation of our mobile application was the translation from web-design based languages (i.e. HTML, CSS, JavaScript) to an app format that would be easy for users to navigate pages and different sections.

As such, we faced a series of various challenges as simple as formatting buttons to coding our entire survey to generate result pages based on 14 different user survey responses. We overcame these problems by utilizing Adobe PhoneGap to view our mobile app and check if all elements were properly adjusted and functioning every few minutes. We also helped each other out as a team whenever debugging was needed and often looked at our code line-by-line to work through problems.

Taylor – I’m currently heading into my senior year at the International Community School. I’ve had the opportunity to explore a number of different passions and areas of interest during my high school career. Making short films, developing websites, and giving presentations are just a few of the activities I enjoy the most. In school, I’m president of my school’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter, an executive for a student-mentoring program, and a member of National Arts Honor Society (NAHS). Blending the arts and the sciences has always been a big fascination of mine, and my time at Girls Who Code this summer has certainly enhanced this!

Duaa – I’m a current senior at the International Community School. My experience with Girls Who Code has been an amazing opportunity to explore different aspects of Computer Science and how we can use technology to empower youth and help others in our community. I plan on majoring in Computer Science in college. In school, I enjoy competing in FBLA and Mock Trial, and serve as National Honor Society President. Outside of school, I enjoy coding and run a non-profit called WYSEQ that hosts annual leadership conferences at the University of Washington.

This project was made by Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program students at AT&T (Seattle).