The daily check in serves as a stable form of accountability for completing daily habits such as showering, eating, sleeping, and meeting set goals. Much like in an inpatient setting students are asked to check in each day as well as set daily goals so each day has a clear mission or purpose. Students are rewarded the more continuous days they check in.
The MiMi app is heavily influenced by the structure and stability model that most mental hospital inpatient programs use.
The major components are daily check ins, goal setting, and a coping skill generator.
The third component of the app is the coping skill generator, which functions much like the staff of a program, providing new coping skills and reminding students of old ones already in their mental health tool belt.
Multiple studies performed by the Harvard Business School have shown that journaling is the number one effective tool someone can have to maintain their mental health. It allows the students to get what is bothering them out of their head and on paper to look back to on a later date, either when they are ready to unpack it with a therapist or try and work through it themselves. Getting their thoughts down on paper allows them to clear up their mind and focus on the tasks at hand. Journaling also allows for the delayed gratification of looking back and rediscovering small parts or their lives and events that might be affecting them that they may have forgotten. However, for all of the benefits of journaling many people still find trouble sitting down and starting. The dreaded blank page seems overwhelming and they don’t know what to write. So I created a guided journal with prompts in list making, writing, and drawing that center around mental wellbeing without being clinical. Each prompt serves a particular mood and can be accomplished in any order.