An app has been developed to combat mental illness
Creator of the app travels across the UK in order to promote it
Author Stephen Pugh has developed a free app, Master Mental Health, based on daily tasks that you can carry out to combat symptoms of mental ill health.
Pugh’s app compartmentalises daily activities into various aspects of Positive Personal Planning. Once a user clicks on a specific category, they can then choose what to practice in a specific week.
While explaining how to work the app, Pugh compared it to an “agenda to keep your mental health at its normal functioning state”.
For example, in the “General Routine” section, the app will give users a daily schedule to follow from morning to night.
In this section of the app, users can learn (amongst other things) how and when to meditate, which physical exercise to do every week, and how to develop healthier eating practices.
The name of his company is Aletheia Arts, and the app, alongside a meditation CD and book, is part of Pugh’s Master Mental Health self-help programme.
In 2008, having graduated with a degree in Politics and Philosophy, Pugh was hospitalised for a year for mental stress. He subsequently began to think about mental illness and its impact on society.
In 2015, Pugh wrote a book, also titled Master Mental Health, based on three ideas: sensory perception, introspection, and interconnection. For each facet, Pugh offers solutions that the individual can adopt to combatting an unhealthy mental state.
Pugh stated: “Having a healthy routine is the fundamental basis of all mental health”, and encourages people to work at home towards a “positive personal routine”.
“I wanted to take the interactive structures of the book and create a more widely practical and versatile app for the general public.” He added.
To publicise the app, Pugh embarked on a tour of the United Kingdom, travelling to numerous cities, including Brighton, London, and Edinburgh.
“After the app was designed, I started to think of ways to promote it. I have done ten sites now, and Liverpool is my last stop before I get back to Worcester”. He said.
Prior to the commencement of the app’s digital marketing output, Pugh chose to advertise to the public, by handing out flyers that detailed his mental health programme.
“In Aberdeen, I took some flyers to student’s unions, and I talked with some homeless people as well so that they can download my book from a library and follow some steps to help them get back on their feet.” He said.
The UK-based Mental Health Foundation states that physical nd mental health should not be “thought of as separate”. Supported by statistics, they stated that exercising daily and maintaining a healthy diet are two factors that can help to elevate “your mental wellbeing”.
Apps that tackle this issue are in development, with WellMind from the NHS offering “tips and tools to improve your mental health and boost your wellbeing.”