Technology may help reduce children’s anxiety

December 13, 2021

Addressing childhood anxiety does not always involve working with a mental health practitioner. In fact, a video game called MindLight successfully helped children manage anxiety by using deep breathing and positive self-talk.  A randomized controlled trial found that MindLight was as effective as in-person group cognitive-behavioural therapy, according to child and parent ratings of children’s anxiety at six-month follow-up. For more information see Vol. 14, No. 1 of the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly.