Brown, S. A. & Chu, S.L.
In International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (pp. 312-321). Springer, Cham.
Publication year: 2021

Mental health therapy often involves the reflection and reconstruction of one’s life narrative. However, few, if any existing digital interventions support a narrative-oriented therapeutic reflective process. College students may benefit from a digital support for mental health therapy, as they often need accessible, self-help ways for mental health support and are at a stage of life when their narratives are in flux. We propose the use of interactive story authoring to facilitate the process of reflection in college students to support their mental health, as it could guide them in independently externalizing and restructuring their life narratives, which are inherently non-linear. We conducted an interview study with college students and college counselors, and extracted themes detailing their experiences in order to extract aims and implications for the design of a life narrative authoring tool for mental health.