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Releaf: Research-based stress relief for friends, from friends

Project by 
Mingming Jiang
Project Year 
2016

75% to 80% of university students are stressed. Past studies reported that the five most frequently-used coping strategies among students are dysfunctional, and that despite the prevalence of social media, students are dissatisfied with the level of social support they receive when stressed. Releaf is a social platform that leverages the existing Facebook network to allow friends to provide timely, research-based support to one another in stressful times. Individuals can post anonymously to their friends and respond to their friends’ posts by browsing and choosing from a library of research-based coping strategies. Giving advice to friends also allows individuals to learn how they would effectively deal with similar situations.