Mindfulness Guidance for At-Risk Youth
We helped the social impact research team at Influents Innovations create the first sobriety-focused emotional support app designed specifically for young adults.
- UX/UI Design
- App Development
- Trial (RCT)
Remaking guided meditation to fight teen addiction
Early intervention can have life-changing consequences for young drug and alcohol users, but few available resources address the unique challenges young people face in their recovery efforts.
The behavioral health innovators of Influents Innovations came to Twenty Ideas with an evidence-based concept to help fill this void: Qlarity, the first mobile meditation app for sobriety support designed specifically for pre-teens and young adults.
Maximizing impact through user fit
The researchers at Influents needed an app that would look, sound, and feel relatable to its young users. We designed and built an immersive digital space where users felt safe to explore their recovery struggles and practice cognitive and behavioral coping skills.
Designing real-life help for a virtual medium
We worked with the Influents research team to pinpoint the ways in which most substance abuse programs don't align with the needs of young people. Then, we translated the core components of these interventions into a format, look, and feel tailored to fit naturally into the lives of recovering adolescents.
Qlarity is designed to be a calming and private sanctuary users can access any time they encounter triggering situations in the real world.
Designed for peace of mind
Stress-relieving aesthetic uses color, imagery, and layout to create a quiet, distraction-free, and intimate environment to encourage disclosure, reflection, and meditation.
We built mindfulness into the structure and function of Qlarity to create a centering experience from first tap.
Guided meditation exercises offer relatable support from the perspective of a trusted confidant who genuinely understands the user’s experiences and feelings.
Value and mood surveys incorporate emotional imagery to help young users sort through complicated feelings and identify how avoiding substance abuse will benefit the aspects of their life they care about most.
Go with the flow
Intuitive navigation encourages interaction with the app through a simple, subtly motivating design that leads users down a gentle path to mindfulness.
Our Qlarity prototype helped Influents Innovations gain Phase II SBIR grant funding through the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is currently the only mindfulness-based mobile app specifically seeking to address adolescent substance abuse within the context of the juvenile justice system.
“Twenty Ideas translated our concept into a beautiful, sensitively designed tool ready to help real-world users. From the visuals to the product name, they were able to take the authentic, supportive feeling we had in mind and put it onto the screen.”
Dr. Dana K. Smith
Research Scientist at Influents Innovations
“The Twenty Ideas team helped bring our project into focus through their technical expertise and strategic design approach. They took the time to understand the research behind our vision for the product, and they creatively collaborated with us to produce an efficacious program.”
Dr. Herb Severson
Co-PI at Qlarity
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