This tool will assist with:
- Keeping track of how often a young person engages in positive activities for their wellbeing
- Making and keeping personal commitments to work on wellbeing factors
- Providing discussion material on health habits
MiYo (short for “mind yourself”) is an app for tracking factors important to wellbeing such as sleep quality, healthy eating, exercise, connection to friends/family and socialising/hobbies. Users self-report their activities in these areas, earn points, and over time are given tips on areas they seem to be struggling with.
Where to access this tool
MiYo is free to download and use, and is available for iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices.
Our young people rated the app 3.5/5 (using MARS)
Our professionals rated the app 2.5/5 (using MARS)
When to use MiYo
This app could be suitable to use with young people who want to improve on their wellbeing by practising consistent activity, and who want to get a sense of how they are tracking in common wellbeing areas.
It may also have benefit for professionals who want young people to track their wellbeing factors over a number of weeks, in order to get a holistic sense of their wellbeing.
What young people thought of MiYo
It was easy to navigate around, there were no problems in loading or crashing and a simple and easy layout to follow.
How simple it is. On most apps you have to find or type what you do. On this one you just use a slider to say how much/how well you did in one of the activities.
The concept, although this is let down by the poor execution of the app.
I was unsure of what the app does and its purpose and how to unlock other content.
There is not explanation for the circle with the number in the middle of the home screen, I don't understand what this means.
There is also no explanation of the scale which you use for rating your daily activities.
It needs some sort of percentage or indicator on the slider as to how good/bad it is indicating.
You cannot view the data on the same graph which is also annoying.
It's not customisable (can't add activities), also doesn't account for the possibility to oversleep.
Professionals’ advice on using MiYo in practice
The app may assist in monitoring young people when staff don't see clients for a couple of days.
Young people with low self esteem will need to work alongside staff for encouragement to boost self esteem so it is used as a positive tool.
It's a good way of seeing what our clients are doing outside of the clinical setting, but it's probably more informative for us professionals instead of for the young people themselves.
Information on opening is a little lacking and I wasn't exactly sure how the app worked. It is unclear how the milestones are achieved. To be useful, you will need to provide context for the young person and help them define what is good exercise, sleep etc and help them analyse their progress in your sessions.
Tips for introducing the app:
Practice using it before introducing it as it will require explanation.
Introduce it as a tool to help your client assess themselves in wellbeing areas and to provide a chance to discuss areas where they may be having difficulty.
Encourage the young person to keep a daily log of their activities through the app, to discuss in the next session.
Give them advice on each of the factors and what would constitute good or bad quality sleep, exercise etc.
Review them with the young person at each session to see if there have been any major changes (e.g. decrease in eating/sleeping well) and enquire more about that.
Advice from young people
This has to be used everyday. Set goals for daily activities then set a scale for which the person can then rate their activity on the app.
Explain how to use the app and what each of the activities are and how they are relevant.
Use the graph to see where there has been slip-ups and see what triggered those, but I think this is not the most effective app for the goal.
This tool was reviewed by Damien (22), Cassandra (19), Melanie (24) and Tahlia (15), young people from the ReachOut.com community. Professional advice was provided by Kiera Vickers (Youth Worker) and Evelyn Tan (Psychologist).