Molehill Mountain

September 2018

General Practitioners

Country of origin: UK

Molehill Mountain is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approaches adapted for autistic people. The app was developed from a paper toolkit focused on psychoeducation, created and evaluated by Professor Emily Simonoff. Molehill Mountain is co-owned by Autistica and King’s College London. The app has been funded by Autistica with support from the Maudsley Charity, The ‘Worshipful Company of Information Technologists’ Charity and The Pixel Fund.

Who is the app for and why?
Research studies show that almost 40-50% of autistic people suffer with anxiety disorders. Understanding the causes of anxiety and the reasons for symptoms is key to managing anxiety better. Autistic people often receive inappropriate anxiety support and sometimes they’re unable to access any support at all.
Molehill Mountain aims to help users build their knowledge, confidence and skills to understand and self-manage the causes and symptoms of their anxiety. It offers a practical way for autistic people to track their worries and the situations that trigger their anxiety that can be used whenever and wherever it’s needed.

Molehill Mountain has been developed with King’s College London. Our evidence-based daily tips are reviewed by clinical experts and cover:
- Anxiety and autism
- Anxiety triggers
- Identifying and talking about feelings and emotions
- Models of anxiety
- Gradual exposure
- Fear ladder
- Detective thinking
- Relaxation techniques
- Motivation

How is Molehill Mountain different to other mental health apps?
Many clinical mental health apps fail because of low engagement levels. Users say apps are often unhelpful, don’t address their problems or feel insecure or untrustworthy. Autistica and King’s College London have worked with autistic people and developers to make the app easy to use, engaging, relevant and secure.

About Autistica
Autistica is the UK’s autism research charity. They exist to build a future where all autistic people have a long, happy, healthy life. They have built a reputation as a charity that challenges traditional approaches to research. They carry out research on issues that matter most to autistic people and families, involving them at every stage.

About the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London
The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London is the premier centre for mental health and related neurosciences research in Europe. It produces more highly cited publications in psychiatry and mental health than any other university in the world (Scopus, 2016), with 12 of the most highly cited scientists in this field. World-leading research from the IoPPN has made, and continues to make, an impact on how we understand, prevent and treat mental illness and other conditions that affect the brain.


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