Teaching youth to manage mental health challenges

BoosterBuddy app icon and screen with inspirational quote


Vancouver Island Health Authority


App for mental health management

Human Need

Knowing the reach and immense toll of mental health problems, Vancouver Island Health Authority wanted to make mental health tools and resources accessible at any time, any place to teens and young adults outside clinics.

Assorted BoosterBuddy app screens
BoosterBuddy app character

Digital Solution

Robots & Pencils developed the BoosterBuddy app for iOS and Android to help teens and young adults improve their mental health. Featuring a friendly avatar companion and elements of gamification, the app helps users engage in positive wellness habits, cope more effectively with symptoms, and overcome difficulty with planning and organizing regular tasks. Users can:

  • Report daily on how they’re feeling
  • Complete wellness tasks to earn coins they can use to accessorize their avatar.
  • Create and personalize a crisis plan, including contact information for their support team.
  • Get a well-being boost with customizable quick tips, encouraging messages, and more.
  • Track daily check-ins, appointments, medication, and treatment adherence.

During the app design and development process, our team regularly collected input not only from the staff at the health authority, but also from the population they serve. These recurring check-ins helped to ensure the final product resonated well with its intended audience.

The BoosterBuddy app was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation.

A Far Better Way

245,000+ app installs on Android and iOS, with a 4.5 average rating

21 conferences and presentations have featured this innovative app

Over 6 years of partnership between R&P and Vancouver Island Health