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Booster Buddy tops 100,000 downloads, earns kudos from fans

November 18, 2016

ISLAND WIDE—BoosterBuddy is a hit with the youth population it is aiming to help. The free wellness app that helps young people improve their mental health has now reached over 100,900 downloads since it was launched in September 2014.

“We are receiving an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from youth using BoosterBuddy who have told us how much of a difference it is making in their lives,” said Lauren Fox, Island Health Occupational Therapist and clinical lead for BoosterBuddy.

Island Health created the popular app in collaboration with teens and young adults with lived experience. It is designed to help youth manage personal wellness and earn achievement using a gamified approach.

A sidekick, or buddy, guides the user through a series of daily quests – focused on coping skills, self-care, socialization and more – in order to establish and maintain positive habits.

BoosterBuddy has sky-rocketed on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram and the app is the subject of several positive user-created blog reviews. One recent Tumblr blog entry has received more than 121,000 “notes” (likes and re-blogs). 
One BoosterBuddy fan wrote:

“Helps! Really useful. I'm 21 and I really like it. It's a cute and playful app but very useful and suitable for teens and adults alike! Love all the coping skills listed and the cute animals that encourage you!!! I highly recommend it for anybody with mental illness who wants to be motivated to heal!”

BoosterBuddy is made possible through generous support from Coast Capital Savings to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s Building Care Together campaign.

Check out this new video about Booster Buddy from Coast Capital Savings and to learn more, visit www.viha.ca/boosterbuddy.

Media Inquiries:

Valerie Wilson
Director, Communications and Engagement
Island Health
250-739-6303
valerie.wilson@viha.ca

Gaëlle Madevon
Communications Manager 
Victoria Hospitals Foundation
Gaelle.Madevon@viha.ca

BACKGROUNDER

About the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and the Building Care Together Campaign:

Victoria Hospitals Foundation works in partnership with Island Health to enable donations to Vancouver Island’s two largest and most comprehensive hospitals: the Royal Jubilee and the Victoria General. Since 1989, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation has raised nearly $121 million to benefit our hospitals. Building Care Together is the third and most ambitious campaign in the Foundation’s history. The campaign raised $25.2 million to support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for the new Patient Care Centre at Royal Jubilee Hospital. To learn more, visit www.victoriahf.ca.

About Coast Capital Savings:
Coast Capital Savings is Canada’s largest credit union by membership. A recipient of the 2015 “Outstanding Corporation” Giving Hearts Award, the credit union invested $5 million into local communities in 2015, focusing on empowering and engaging youth. Coast Capital is one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™, a member of Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club, and an Imagine Canada Caring Company. It has 50 branches serving its 532,000 members in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and Okanagan regions of British Columbia. Product innovations include Canada's first free chequing account from a full-service financial institution. To learn more, visit coastcapitalsavings.com.

About Island Health:
Island Health provides health care to over 765,000 people on Vancouver Island, the islands in the Salish Sea and the Johnstone Strait, and the mainland communities north of Powell River. Island Health is committed to providing exceptional patient experience, excellence in quality and safety, community-focused healthcare, and to being a great place to work. To learn more, visit www.viha.ca.

More about the BoosterBuddy App:
The app has been reviewed with 4 out of 4 on the Apple App store and 4.4 out of 5 on Google Play.
A fan tweeted this to friends:
“friends with mental health issues!! this app really helps me. it's called Booster Buddy! check it out!!”
“Shout out to Booster Buddy an app that promotes mental health and has been helping me with the rough days for a year!”
Fans of the app have been producing artwork depicting BoosterBuddy characters and the impact they are having on improving mental health.