Are you pregnant? Feeling down, sad, or depressed? Do you like gaming apps?

You could be eligible to participate in a study evaluating the use of an app (called The Guardians, developed by the MIT Media lab) to address depressive symptoms for women in pregnancy. This study is a collaboration between the MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health and the MIT Media Lab.

The Guardians is a new mobile game that aims to use the same design principles in mobile games to help people form beneficial long-term habits and improve their overall wellbeing. By rewarding players for completing and reflecting on these real-life activities, we hope The Guardians will help people handle depression and live more fulfilling lives through the power of mobile games.

If you are pregnant, over the age of 18, and experiencing elevated depressive symptoms, you may be eligible to participate. Participation in the 10-week study will include completing a baseline interview, using the app, and completing brief biweekly survey assessments about mood and behaviors. You will also be asked to participate in a brief exit interview to provide feedback on your experience with the app to inform modifications. Call (617) 401-8799 or email to learn more.