Supportive Accountability in Mental-health Mentoring of Young Adults (SAMMY-A)
We are collaborating with Jean Rhodes (UMass Boston) to develop and test and mental health promotion program that integrates supportive accountability and skills practice into college academic advising relationships through a newly developed app that connects to other wellbeing-promoting apps like Headspace, SuperBetter, and Intellicare. Due to the lack of user engagement common among many mental health apps, this team has designed and developed a novel smartphone app (MentorHub) that leverages the support and scaffolding that college students build with their academic advisors to incorporate intentional skill-building and accountability to help build youth resilience. This app provides the platform for students and advisors to check-in, review progress toward goals, and encourage continued app use. We are currently conducting a feasibility trial and will later conduct a full randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of the program in improving college student mental health among college students and their academic advisors at University of Massachusetts Boston.