Transform Your Teen's Mental Health with Shadow's Edge: The Revolutionary SEL Book and Game - research-based.
Welcome to our resources for teen mental health support!
How does Shadow's Edge help teens develop important social and emotional skills? How does it support mental health and well-being?
1. Proactive Coping: dealing in a future-oriented way with a difficult situation; setting realistic goals
2. Mindfulness & Acceptance: the nonjudgmental focus on and acceptance of present moment experiences
3. Optimism: a mental and emotional attitude that future conditions will work out for the best
4. Emotional Regulation: the capacity to allow and deal with strong emotions
5. Derived Meaning: getting a sense of purpose through what is happening
6. Positive Self Identity: having a feeling of self-worth
7. Connectedness: being able to access the feeling of being supported and being able to reach out for help
You can read more about the research results here.
As a parent, guardian, or caregiver, it can be challenging to know how to best support the mental health of the young people in your life. That's why we've compiled a list of tools and resources to help you navigate this important topic.
A hands-on social-emotional learning workbook for teens is a companion to the multiple award-winning self-help app, Shadow’s Edge, which is made free through philanthropy and can be found at the App Store or Google Play.
We understand that every teenager is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. That's why we offer a range of resources to help you find the right support for your teenager.
If you have any questions or need additional support, please don't hesitate to reach out.
SEL Tools For Social Workers and Psychologists
Free Mobile Game
A story driven mobile game with
57 writing prompts, art tools and
A social emotional learning Workbook with 45 exercises for Self awareness - to do in groups or individually.
Contact us for a free pdf version or order print at cost on Amazon.
Teens & Young Adults, 14 – 24 years old
The game has proven to work best for youth who are investigating their identity and processing feelings of anxiety, loneliness and sadness.
The game is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese and Dutch.
The SEL workbook is available in English and Spanish.
Both resources are free. If you want to use the SEL workbook in print, you can order it on Amazon at cost of print price.
Tools based on Real World Evidence
The following independent research has been done to support the creation of the game:
Lurie Children’s Hospital Clinical Trial (Dec 2018 – Nov 2020) under the lead of Dr. Bonnie Essner on identity formation, affect variability and emotional regulation. The clinical trial with 174 participants reported that players who engaged with the Shadow's Edge game endorsed higher levels of personal or ideological identity exploration and higher levels of social and interpersonal identity exploration.
University Zurich Pilot Study (Nov 2021 – Jan 2022) under supervision of Prof. Dr. Markus Landolt to investigate the impact of gameplay as a means of primary prevention in mental health. Results suggest the Mobile Game Shadow’s Edge may represent a promising, low-threshold support measure for improving mental health care and promotion for adolescents and young adults.
CINDE study (Feb 2023 - April 2023) under the supervision of Dr. Orlando Scoppetta to investigate the impact of gameplay and using the SEL companion book on wellbeing and resilience.
How you can use the materials in your practice
The ressources are yours to integrate into your practice as you see fit. The materials are free for you to use.
If you want to receive the anonymized and aggregated export of data of a group you work with, please contact us at email@example.com so we can set-up a code in the game for your group to use.
We are currently working with a group of social workers in Colombia to create a guide on how to use the materials when working with teens and young adults in an extracurricular context at Colombian High schools and colleges.
If you are interested in receiving the results or want to contribute to the guide, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you interested to contribute to research on using digital tools in your practice?
If you want to participate in future research using the toolset, please contact us at email@example.com
The Digging Deep Project
501(c)3 US Non-Profit, specializing in the creation of serious games and digital tools for mental and emotional wellbeing.
"I’m part of a team that rates and reviews mental health apps and this is one of the top gamified health apps I’ve ever seen. It’s so good that I decided to write this review as it allows me to be more personal. This app is highly engaging, allows personalization and creativity all while combatting mental health."