Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Thursday 24 June |
The Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

New app helps commuters with anxiety use the subway

Woman in Subway Platform


Sophia Swinford - published on 08/02/17

For those with anxiety and phobias, public transportation can be a real challenge.

Public transportation can be incredibly convenient, especially in a big city like London, but for those with an anxiety disorder, public transportation can be more of a challenge than anything. According to Anxiety UK, “more than 1 in 10 people are likely to have a disabling anxiety disorder at some stage in their life” and “an estimated 13 percent of the adult population will develop a specific kind of anxiety known as a phobia at some point in their life.”

Man with Sunglasses

Read more:
25 Helpful tips for overcoming anxiety

That’s why a new map of the London Underground has been launched to help those with anxiety disorders avoid long stretches underground. Approximately 55 percent of the system is actually above ground, so this app can help those with anxiety find a route that avoids tunnels and stays above ground as much as possible.

“I sincerely hope that the map will encourage those with claustrophobia and/or panic attacks who have previously avoided this form of public transport out of fear to reconsider their use of the Tube,” said Nick Lidbetter, chief executive of Anxiety UK.

As awareness around mental health issues increases, the popularity of using apps for mental health is also increasing. Last year, Feerless — an internet extension that can be personalized to alert PTSD-sufferers to triggering content coming up — was released. Apps like Colorfy and Worry Box provide an on-the-go outlet for stress and anxiety.


Read more:
How to overcome the shame of having a phobia

In the United States, approximately 18 percent of the adult population suffers from an anxiety disorder, according to NAMI. This new map is exactly the kind of collaboration we need to improve the lives of people who live with mental illness.

DisabilitiesMental HealthUnited Kingdom
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
Zoe Romanowsky
Animated film shows the power of fatherhood in just one minute
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
Philip Kosloski
Can Catholics use the Enneagram personality system?
Zelda Caldwell
Catholic priest’s chapel is finalist in “Shed of the Year&#...
Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP
4 Ways to understand God as Father
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.