This information has been provided by the Silent Secret Team. I am interested in the app as a potential first step for teenagers wishing to make a disclosure about a range of topics. I often promote the use of anonymous helplines as a first step – this app could act as a precursor even to that, enabling teenagers to practise sharing their concerns without fear of being judged.
If you have experience of using the app, please share your comments below to inform other readers (no login required).
What is Silent Secret?
Silent Secret is a social enterprise and a safe, non-judgemental and anonymous social network for young people aged 11-19 to share their secrets, thoughts, feelings, news and lifestyle.
The Silent Secret app aims to support its users to have less stress and anxiety and increased emotional wellbeing; and connect them to local and national support organisations in times of need.
To eliminate the risk of online bullying and make Silent Secret safe, the app does not have the means for users to comment on each other’s secrets. Instead users are able to interact using these buttons: ‘heart’ to express love, ‘me2’ to express empathy, and ‘hug’ to express sympathy. The app encourages a healthier form of interaction. A ‘get support’ button appears with each secret, enabling users to connect with support organisations should they need to.
With over 20,000 users and 85,000 secrets shared, Silent Secret is generating increasingly valuable data for a notoriously difficult to engage segment of society. Working with partners UCL Partners Academic Health Science Network, Silent Secret will provide data and evaluation to affect disruptive change for how young people’s services are commissioned and delivered in response to identified needs.
Users range from 11 to 19. They use the app to anonymously express their feelings through the app with other peers without the fear of being judged or bullied.
Sometimes they share their positive experiences of the app as ‘secrets’ here are a few:
“I’m getting my life back on track! Thank you to everyone on this app, you have anonymously helped me without even realising, I love you all”
“Here is the only place I feel safe, No one knows you. No one can judge you. In a short space of time you feel content. At peace with your body and mind.”
“Really love this app, makes me feel like people actually care”