As a team of high school students, struggling to balance extracurriculars, make straight As, meet up with friends, and still get some sleep, we found that many of our peers are troubled by silent diseases: anorexia, bulimia, depression, anxiety, and more. To raise awareness for these issues and provide simple solutions/actions that every person can do to support one another, we built a memory game for children, seeking to reform the social stigma against mental diseases from the bottom up.
What it does
Our game is centered around three illnesses: eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. At each level, the user must match two cards. Level 1 involves matching comments to an emotion. Level 2 involves matching hurtful comments to an "X" and helpful comments to a check mark. Level 3 matches statements of mental illness victims with positive, supportive quotes made by friends.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Being able to actually make a game with graphics! All four of us are avid programmers in high school; though we have experience coding, we have never made a playable game before. We are so proud to have created a game that not only works and is visually appealing, but also has immense potential to educate and alleviate the stigma of mental health issues.
What we learned
Tons of stuff! For starters, we got the experience of working with both front-end and back-end coding. For the first time, we dealt with User Interfaces. We also worked together and learned how to collaboratively come up with solutions and integrate all ideas. Ultimately, we learned to combine the serious aspects of a nationwide problem (mental health unawareness) with the simplicity of a memory game.
What's next for Dealing With Feelings
Currently, this is just a local website. In the future, we would like to host Dealing With Feelings on an actual website and convert it to a mobile application for ease-of-use. Furthermore, we can expand this game to raise awareness for other diseases as well (i.e. cancer, autism, etc.)