LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A high school sophomore in Virginia has created an award-winning app to promote positive mental health after witnessing her peers struggle with mental health during the pandemic.

“Feeling Better” uses a series of questions for students to respond to on a daily basis to keep their focus positive. It was developed by Anna Rosner, a sophomore at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville.

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“You can’t do much if your mind and body aren’t both states of wellness, so I think that’s something that inspired me to create the app, to have something that promotes mental health and checking in with yourself,” she told CBS affiliate WCAV.

The app has two main parts: a journal page and a mood tracker.

“It asks you three sets questions. One thing that brought you joy, one thing that you’re grateful and one thing you’re looking forward to,” she says. “Once that’s been submitted, the app then stores that and you can go to the responses tab and see all of your past responses and visual representation of all the moods you’ve put in.”

A high school sophomore in Virginia has created an award-winning app to promote positive mental health after witnessing her peers struggle with mental health during the pandemic. (Credit: WCAV)

Rosner says she started working on the app in August after teaching herself to code.

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“I programmed the app completely by myself with no outside help,” explained Rosner. “It was my first major project in JavaScript and I taught myself JavaScript along the way to be able to make all the algorithms to make the app function properly.”

It’s already recognized as a potential game-changer for teens struggling with mental health.

“I received first place in Virginia’s Fifth District Congressional App Challenge. From there, I will attend the #HouseofCode event April 8 and 9 this year,” added Rosner.

The app isn’t available to the public yet but she hopes to make it available soon.

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“I really admire her for taking the initiative to do it and I’m also really proud of her for focusing on mental health. I’m really proud of her and she did it all on her own,” said Rosner’s mother, Michelle Rosner.