AS the stresses of preparing for the Festive period take their toll on many people, Edinburgh-based company, Musemantik, has developed an innovative health and wellbeing app called Soulight.
The company is working with Scottish mental health and wellbeing charity, Health in Mind, to encourage people to try the app – which is free.
Dr Maciej Zurawski is one of the co-founders of the company and he explained how the app uses colour, emoticons, words and music to help someone discover, explore and lift their mood: “I’ve worked with my fellow co-founder, Diwakar Thakore, for the past three years to develop Soulight as a wellbeing companion and the beauty of it is that can be accessed on smartphones and tablets anytime and anyplace.
“Soulight was inspired by music therapy, mindfulness and artificial intelligence and our current users have provided us and the app can have a positive impact on how someone feels, help them to change their mood from a negative to a positive mindset.”
One user experiences anxiety when travelling by public transport and the app takes her from anxious to calm during the journey while another said that it helped to increase their energy.
Soulight is available to download for free on Android and an iOS version is coming next year.
Gwenn McCreath, chief executive of Health in Mind, commented: “The app is really easy to use and will be helpful to anyone feeling down or stressed.
“It could be a great, free present to give to yourself.”
Soulight is supported by the Nominet Trust, the Digital Health and Care Institute and New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund with investment from the Scottish Government and is part of the Ginsberg ecosystem.
Caption: Dr Maciej Zurawski puts Soulight to the test.
For further information
Contact Doreen Graham, Health in Mind communications manager, on 0131 243 0137 or Dr Maciej Zurawski on 0771 777 2614.
Notes for editors:
Health in Mind is a Scottish charity with almost 35 years’ experience delivering specialist mental health and wellbeing services including support services; talking therapies; information and a range of self-management and preventative services.
Last year, our 120 staff and 298 volunteers supported over 3,000 people and we are accredited with both Investors in People and Investors in Volunteers.
Our services include Guided Self Help (cognitive behavioural therapy), counselling and trauma counselling, information, befriending, suicide and substance misuse prevention.
Health in Mind training courses are all about developing knowledge, skills, confidence and understanding about mental health and other areas of interest. Our training programme offers over 22 courses which can be tailored and delivered in-house to companies and organisations.
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