At LagomMind, we are inspired by the Swedish principle of Lagom. Our goal is to apply the virtues of this philosophy to mental health, particularly to the wellbeing of students.
As recent graduates, we are personally aware of the scale of mental health issues in higher education. A recent YouGov poll showed that more than 25% of UK students suffer from some kind of mental health problems, with hundreds of thousands more suffering from stress and anxiety at a level which makes their daily lives difficult.
Through personal experience and our own research we discovered that the NHS mental health services had lengthy waiting times, and often so too did University counselling support.
We are determined to do something about this.
Our solution is the Lagom app. This combines three techniques as recommended by mental health professionals and the NHS.
"Your breathing both reflects and amplifies your emotions." - Dr Danny Penman
So, if you can control your breathing, you can control your emotions before they control you.
Breathe helps users to relieve stress by concentrating on their breathing with the aid of cathartic animations.
"Meditation is not a religion. It's simply a form of mental training that has been proven in countless scientific trials to help people cope with pain, illness, stress, anxiety, depression and exhaustion." - Vidyamala Burch
Focus provides users with basic training in mindful meditation through guided examples.
After completing these, the user will be able to unlock longer and scenario-specific guided meditations.
"You live most of your life inside of your head, make sure it's a nice place to be." - Lao Tzu
Perspective utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to enable users to deconstruct their thoughts and alter negative patterns to improve their state of mind.
In addition to the app we are releasing a podcast which will discuss our own mental health, interview inspirational individuals and mental health experts, and more generally improve dialogue around mental health.
Although primarily developed for students, the Lagom app can benefit anyone.