Designing behavioral self-regulation application for preventive personal mental healthcare

Mari Hirano, Kanako Ogura, Mizuho Kitahara, Daisuke Sakamoto, Haruhiko Shimoyama

Health Psychology Open

SABORI Application


Most of computerized cognitive behavioral therapy targeted restoration and few have targeted primary prevention. The purpose of this study is to obtain the knowledge for further development on preventive mental healthcare application. We developed a personal mental healthcare application which aimed to give users the chance to manage their mental health by self-monitoring and regulating their behavior. Through the 30-day field trial, the results showed improvement of mood score through conducting of suggested action, and the depressive mood of the participants was significantly decreased after the trial. The possibility of application and further problem was confirmed.