1 Giant Mind is an Australian guided meditation app that can help young people learn how to meditate for improved mental health and wellbeing. Learn more about the program, and get information on when it is appropriate to use it, find out what young people thought of it, and read professional advice and young people’s tips for using it in practice.
1 Giant Mind is an app that teaches the skills of meditation, using simple step-by-step instructions. The user is guided using videos and audio through the basics of meditation, what it can be used for and the potential benefits.
The app has levels and sessions that the user enters. They can't jump to the next level until they have finished all the sessions in their current level. The app also has a log of all the meditations completed as well as a timer (with a choice to have background audio) for when the user wants to mediate without the guide.
For self-assessment, the app also includes a brief pre- and post- meditation assessment of your mental state, and your attitude towards the practice of meditation.
1 Giant Mind is free to download, and is available on iPhone, iPad and on Android phones.
Our young people rated the app ★★★★☆
Our professionals rated the app ★★★★☆
This application was rated using the Mobile Application Ratings Scale (MARS)
This app is appropriate to use with young people of all ages, who are showing signs of mild to moderate mood or anxiety disorders, or experiencing periods of high stress. Meditation also has benefit for young people who wish to improve their concentration, focus and general wellbeing.
If you’re a psychologist, you can use this app as an adjunct to MBCT or ACT where the development of regular meditation practice was indicated - particularly for young people who feel overwhelmed by thoughts, or find it hard to clarify emotional states.
Try doing a few sessions yourself or at least watch the videos so you can reinforce some of the key messages from the app.
Make the use of the app a collaborative decision based on the young persons goals and aptitude for meditation. Be prepared for motivation for meditation practice to vary.
Be available to provide more information or to discuss issues that may arise in meditation practice.
Highlight that while they are learning how to meditate they are actually meditating, so they are already working towards a broader goal. Continue to link work in your sessions with the aims and goals of meditation practice, including development of skills in observation and acceptance of thoughts and emotions. You can use these observations to affirm the young persons values and preferred life directions.
This app can also be used for your own self-care.
...as a social worker who meditates using guided and unguided meditations for my own self care, I found this app quite refreshing and it made me remember the basics of why and how to meditate. I value meditation (to the extend that I created a meditation room for all staff and young people to use in one of my old jobs) so it is great to see more Australian apps that construct meditation as a tool for wellbeing, and just 'being' rather than just a spiritual practice.
I would also suggest this app to many of the social work students I supervise, as a way for them to experience the benefits of meditation as part of their self care plans.
- Sera Harris
Help the young person you’re working with to be open minded and ready to meditate.
This would be good for young kids to use.
This tool was reviewed by Jake (22) and Josh (23), young people from the ReachOut.com community. Professional advice was provided by Anna Sidis (Senior Clinical Psychologist) and Sera Harris (Social Worker).