App Design

For first-year college students, learning to navigate college life can be challenging, and many must handle the additional obstacle of independently managing their mental health. With an overload of information at the start of college, many first-year students find it challenging to learn about the resources on campus that could benefit them. As a potential solution, I worked with a team of college students to prototype a mobile app that makes on-campus mental health resources more tangible to first-year students, empowering them to reach out to seek the help they need.


We began by working to understand the issue, by analyzing academic sources and conducting interviews with on-campus experts.


With a solid understanding of our issue, we worked conceptualizing a tangible solution to it through the form of a mobile app.


After determining the best functions and features of the app, I designed a prototype to demonstrate its uses to our audience.

App Features

Daily Check-In

The user experience begins with a daily mental health check-in. In our research of personal mental health management, keeping a daily condition log can allow one to have a better understanding of their own mental health, which will make it easier to communicate with mental health professionals if they choose to visit one.


When the app is first configured by the user, they will be able to connect the app with a University of their choice. Doing this will personalize the generated content, including a calendar of local events. If the user were to set up an appointment with an on-campus mental health professional it would appear here, and notify the user when the date approaches.

Resource Bank

One of the most important features of the CampusMind app is the resource bank, which displays a list of on-campus and university-sponsored resources available to students. Through search features and filter tools, the user would be able to easily navigate the resource bank depending on their needs.

Pitch Presentation


Here's what CampusMind could do.

CampusMind would assist first-year university students in breaking down the stigma surrounding the subject of mental health, and begin to create a community that encourages one another to explore and improve each individual’s state of mental well being.
CampusMind could teach first-year students about how they may take advantage of the resources available to them, and will empower them to consider their own mental health. Although these are only small pieces of a solution to a greater issue, CampusMind would have the potential to change the way universities and first-year students approach mental health management.


Research + Concept + Presentation: Alison Roden, Haley Koch, Connor Crump, Max Tuttle.

Design + Prototype: Haley Koch.

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