The mobile game has been jointly designed by the University’s Psychology and Centre for Games Development departments to help young people with anxiety, whether a diagnosed condition or not.

Creators of the game are now looking for 100 volunteers, aged between 10 and 19, who will test the prototype.

Steven Barnes, who is a Psychology tutor, said that the Covid-19 lockdown has negatively affected anxiety in young people for many reasons.

He said: “For example, there may be a lack of availability of normal support systems, particularly those usually provided by educational institutions such as school counsellors, or family and friends.

“There is also a loss of routine, concerns about falling behind with learning, not knowing when lockdown will end, or for students moving to new ventures in September – what their new school, college, or University experience will look like, or if they will be able to find work.

Steven said: “The game contains elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy designed to challenge some of the irrationalities which cause and maintain anxiety.”

Those under the age of 16 will need permission from a parent/guardian. To apply to take part in the trial, you should contact: 

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