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App from RIT students helps kids with mental illnesses to cope

Students at RIT have been working on an app to help kids with mental illnesses (WHAM photo)

Henrietta, N.Y. (WHAM) - Students at RIT have been working on an app to help kids with mental illnesses.

The app is called "Repetition Rebellion."

Its goal is to lead users to create their symptoms on the app and, through different missions, learn to defeat their illness.

The app has been in the development stage for two years and is now being approved for patient testing.

"It's just trying to create this illusion, this immersion into this game, to calm yourself down by using tips and tricks taught to you by your therapist," said Jacqueline McGraw, a game design major and one of the app developers. "Like 10 deep breaths. We have a sword of swiftness to walk passed your problem. It's really about giving children confidence that they have control over a situation."

The game is designed to work with a child's therapist and the coping techniques they are teaching.

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