Adolescent anxiety? Troubled teens find solace in new problem-sharing app, MeeTwo.

Troubled teenagers may find solace in a new app that allows them to share their problems and respond to others with advice and reassurance.

Today’s statistics about teenage anxiety, depression and eating disorders do not make for pretty reading. Help may well be at hand, though, with a clever new app called MeeTwo. Using the app, teenagers can post their problems anonymously and receive responses from contemporaries with advice and reassurance.

Set up by Suzi Godson – a psychologist, Childline counsellor and columnist for the Times – and educational technology expert, Dr Kerstyn Comley, the app and its usability are extremely well thought through.

Its aim is simple: to enable teenagers to ask questions of, get advice from and offer help to other teenagers.

Each post has a limit of 300 characters. Users don’t know each other’s age or gender. They cannot contact each other directly. And, crucially, a moderator checks each post before it goes live (suicidal posts are screened and referred to Childline).

Via MeeTwo, users can also explore other websites and information covering such topics as bullying and pregnancy testing.

Suzi Godson says: “We spent two years researching and we’ve worked with about 12 schools so far. We realised that kids don’t know that there’s information out there for them. Teenagers are bad at processing walls of information on the internet and applying it to their own problem. That’s why they need this personal approach.”

The app has only been running since March, and already has 600 registered users (of whom 60 per cent are girls). It has won two startup awards, including a prestigious £15,000 Teach First Innovation Award. MeeTwo will be launched officially later this month [September].

Consultant psychiatrist and lecturer at University College London, Dr Andres Fonseca, says: “The way MeeTwo frames peer support as answering questions is very clever.

“It has created a community where teenagers feel they come together to solve problems. With mental health budgets as they are, we’re all going to have to get creative about providing this kind of early intervention and prevention.”

September 2017