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UArizona develops app to assist stress, anxiety from social isolation

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TUCSON (KVOA) – A new development out of the University of Arizona includes an app that was built to assist in reducing stress and anxiety of social isolation during the pandemic.

That app is called "See Me Serene."

It is available now for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

They couldn't have developed the app without help from state TRIF funds, which stands for Technology Initiative Research Fund.

The app uses guided imagery in order to help users feel like they are in a certain environment. This involves showing different sights, sounds and more.

Developers are also using the app to gain research about mental health.

Users have the opportunity to opt-in or out when downloading.

"Our research study and the app are not limited to people in Tucson or in the state of Arizona. It's available nation-wide because of all of our entire research project is being conducted virtually," said Dr. Judith Gordon of UArizona School of Nursing.

So far, the app has had around 700 downloads since it was released on Aug. 1.

Developers need just 40 more participants in that research project.

Each participant will be given a $50 e-gift card.

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Frankie McLister

Frankie McLister is the Multimedia Journalist for News 4 Tucson Today. His interest in storytelling began when he was young and loves telling those of Southern Arizona.

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