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USU Develops Mental Health App, Makes it Free For Students

KSL.com Monday, Jan. 13, 2020


Faced with the challenge of a growing demand for mental health care and not enough resources, one Utah State University professor came up with a way to put some of the tools that psychologists often use with their clients into an online program. “Really the focus has been, how do we take the psychological skills we know are helpful when we do them in therapy and translate them into this other format?” said Michael Levin, who is an associate professor of psychology at USU. “These skills we know can help with a wide range of mental health problems, like depression, anxiety, coping with health problems, just general stress.” Levin spent several months putting some of those tools into software form, testing them and putting them into an online program called ACT guide, which stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. ... James Morales, vice president of student affairs at USU, said the program is just one more tool among many others that are designed to reach out to more people. “The demand for services has been growing fairly exponentially over the last few years,” Morales said. “As one of the universities that has a sizeable population of residential students, we’ve learned that no one single approach was going to be best to address their needs.”



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