A personal trainer for your mind, available 24/7 to young people for their wellbeing

About this project

Headstrong is a Chatbot that can teach young people simple and proven strategies to improve wellbeing and stay in control. Students can choose one of our ‘HABITs characters’, to explain the 4-week programme, help set goals and check in daily to track mood and present new activities.

We ran a small trial in 2019 to find out if young people liked Headstrong and whether they found it helpful. Now we are making improvements and will re-launch a new and improved Headstrong chatbot in the coming months.

Who is involved?

Principal investigators:  Tania Cargo, Karolina Stasiak

Co-investigators:  Grant Christie, Sarah Hetrick, Sarah Hopkins, Sally Merry, Jim Warren 

How long will it take?

Initial concept designs for Headstrong began in 2018.

Who is funding this project?

This work is funded by A Better Start – E Tipu e Rea National Science Challenge, one of the 11 National Science Challenges that are ultimately funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

What we hope to achieve

Stay tuned for more information…

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Publications related to this project:

  • Holt-Quick, C., Warren, J., Stasiak, K., Williams, R., Christie, G., Hetrick, S., . . . Merry, S. (2020). A chatbot architecture for promoting youth resilience: Arxiv (2005.07355v1). Retrieved from https://arxiv.org/abs/2005.07355