Mental health is amongst the top three most important issues facing young Australians, owing mostly to high rates of stigma, but young people aren’t at the centre of current decision-making for mental health support.
90% of teens use social media, with the average daily time spent being 7h 44min, yet only 4% of wellbeing apps are designed specifically for young people and none are aimed at improving mental health literacy. Whilst there’s a preference for self-reliance by young people, there isn’t a safe and trusted digital platform to share stories in a non-judgemental and supportive environment. Step forward, OurHerd.
The OurHerd app was designed in collaboration with over 500 young people, more than 100 mental health professionals and with funding from the Australian Department of Health.
It aims to educate and empower users via peer-to-peer storytelling, in which young people are guided to share safe, relatable, creatively-expressed and engaging stories about navigating tough times.
By amplifying the stories on OurHerd, young people’s voices and insights can be heard by decision makers and together, we can learn to create a more mentally healthy and happy world.
OurHerd is a world-first. It is an openly available social media platform focused specifically on mental health, resilience and education. Regarded as “an app that is actually good for you!”, OurHerd has been built with focus on safety, whilst leveraging the opportunities of the digital landscape to increase our reach to young people and the size of our impact!
Importantly, the app collects quantitative and qualitative impact data as evidence of the key challenges faced by young people, which will be delivered to the mental health sector and government to ensure that young people are at the heart of the process when developing and implementing interventions.