“Purple Chill” is part of the Intellicare Suite* of mental health apps by the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies. Purple Chill is designed to help users calm down when feeling stressed or to relax before falling asleep. The app contains an explanation of and audio for the following types of relaxation exercises: deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, autogenic exercises, visualization, mindfulness, and sleep. Audio recordings range from 3 to 30 minutes in length. The app also provides options to customize and schedule reminders to optimize use.
*Stephen Schueller, the Executive Director of PsyberGuide and David Mohr, a PsyberGuide Scientific Advisory Board Member, were both involved with the development of IntelliCare. Dr. Schueller has no commercial interest in IntelliCare, nor Actualize Therapy. Dr. Mohr has an ownership interest in Actualize Therapy.
Available For: Android compatibility varies; Visit the Intellicare website.
Developer: CBITs, Northwestern University
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Mindfulness, Psychoeducation & Information
Targeted Conditions: Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English
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“Purple Chill” is part of the Intellicare Suite of mental health apps by the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies. A 2017 trial of the Intellicare Suite found that users of the Intellicare apps showed a reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety after using 5 or more apps in the Intellicare suite over eight weeks. Another study by Lattie et al (2015) presents the uptake and usage of apps from the IntelliCare suite following an open deployment on a large app marketplace. In the first year of public availability, 5210 individuals downloaded one or more of the IntelliCare apps, for a total of 10,131 downloads. Nearly a third of these individuals (31.8%) downloaded more than one of these apps. The modal number of launches for each of the apps was 1, however the mean number of app launches per app ranged from 3.10 to 16.98, reflecting considerable variability in the use of each app.
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