It is no surprise that the past few months since the start of the pandemic have been some of the hardest months, mentally, for students. We wanted to create a safe space and interactive community where students can openly express their mental health struggles and feel less isolated from their peers.
What it does
Our website allows you to join different groups based on your mental health issue and meet people with similar struggles, journal your thoughts and feelings anonymously, and we even have a blog posting feature where users can create posts about anything they want. Finally, we also have a chatbox where you can leave any questions/concerns you may have about the website or anything in general.
How we built it
We decided to build Never Alone using Wix.
Challenges we ran into
We struggled to find a service that would allow us to choose a domain name for free and also had issues finding sites that would allow us to edit the website how we want and not just provide a template. While using the Wix edit feature, we found that only one person could edit at a time and if another team member attempted to edit simultaneously, changes would not be saved.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of the fact that our website is interactive with multiple features to it. It has a simple, yet aesthetically appeasing UI such that anyone who may not be technologically advanced can still use it and benefit from it.
What we learned
We learned a lot about creating an interactive UI and the intricate details that go into creating a website. We also gained a lot of knowledge about how diverse mental health can be and how challenging it can be to have a general solution for so many different issues.
What's next for Never Alone
We would like to expand our target audience to not only students, but all different populations that have been affected as a result of this pandemic. Also, as we become more familiar with web development, we could even code parts of our own website while using Wix.