“Koko” is an app designed to help people suffering from anxiety, stress, depression or anyone who simply wants to share their concerns about something.
The app allows you to publish anonymously and at any time you want. It does not use your Facebook or Google profile – at least for now – which is great. The idea is just to sign up and speak your mind about whatever is making you lose sleep, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a job interview, a loss, a fight with your friend… Other users will then advice and try to comfort you.
There is, unfortunately, a ‘glamourisation’ surrounding these problems nowadays. There seems to be a trend (and I honestly don’t get why) that being anxious is somewhat cool. Truth is, those who really struggle know this is a difficult aspect of ourselves to share with others. Perhaps that is why having an app that gives the chance to put our concerns out there without having to say our names is such a good idea.
One of the limitations of such community is, in my view, the lack of ‘human’ contact. The fact that I look for comfort in strangers whose names I don’t even know saddens me a bit. But there is also the other side that it is the relief and the convenience of having some sort of support available 24/7. Also, people in these communities tend to be empathetic and non-judgemental, they will probably not make fun of your concern and just tell you that you shouldn’t worry because “it is all in your head.”