Fika – The New Mental Health App Which Is Targeted To University Students
Fika is a new 5 minute emotional workout app which focuses on emotional fitness instead of physical fitness.
“Fika is inspired by Scandinavian culture and is built on an evidence-base of self-reflection, journaling and co-coaching”.
So what makes Fika different to other apps which have tried to tackle mental health?
“Fika exercises are designed to increase attainment and to reduce attrition. And to help develop valuable soft skills such as confidence, resilience, adaptability and acceptance while improving focus, social connection and empathy”.
The app is designed to be used alone or face-to-face with a friend, to encourage the building of confidence and relationships. Exercises may cover positivity, such as thinking about what you’re grateful for today, or how to set goals to achieve what you want.
Why is Fika only available for university students?
Fika co-founders Nick Bennett and Gareth Fryer have came out with the following statement…
“We have big work ahead of us and can’t achieve the genuine cultural change we want to see in the world alone. We are calling on all universities across the UK to join us in our mission, and help us build a brighter future for student wellbeing through our science-backed, peer-to-peer-based approach. We are stronger together, so come on board to help us enable more students to flourish, at university and beyond”.
Fika co-founders Nick Bennett and Gareth Fryer
Just in case you wasn’t convinced …
Fika is aligned with the 2019 NICE evidence standards for digital health technologies, Fika also draws on scientific evidence from CBT, ACT, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Positive Psychology to build Emotional Fitness.
CAMHS Professionals can’t help but salute Fika and hope to see the app in mainstream culture sooner than later!