October 15, 2015
by Mike Hostetler

Gameful Mental Health App SuperBetter Launches IndieGoGo Campaign To Scale Impact


Scientifically backed mental health app SuperBetter launches IndieGoGo campaign during Mental Illness Awareness Week to raise $50,000 for SuperBetter 2.0 – a gameful way of living to help even more people tackle real-life problems.

View the IndieGoGo campaign page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/superbetter-live-gamefully-be-stronger#/

SuperBetter is an app and website that is powered by the science of games. It has already helped nearly half a million people tackle real-life problems by increasing mental resilience.

In order to help even more people beat mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, SuperBetter has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise $50,000 for SuperBetter 2.0. The funding will go towards new scientific research; app and website development; new PowerPacks to increase mental, emotional, physical and social resilience; and enhanced support for the SuperBetter Community.

“SuperBetter is a an engaging, proven tool that is profoundly changing lives for the better.  With your help, we can dramatically increase SuperBetter’s impact to help millions around the world be stronger for life,” said Keith Wakeman, CEO, SuperBetter.

With 1 in 4 Americans facing mental health challenges each year and 77% regularly experiencing physical symptoms from stress (National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI), the scale of the problem in the US is clear to see. According to NAMI, serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year, showing how damaging mental illness can be on sufferers and the US economy.  Therefore, it’s crucial that broad-reaching, evidence-based mental health innovations like SuperBetter are championed across the US to complement traditional mental health care, extend its reach, and alleviate pressure on the health care system.

SuperBetter is a gameful way of living to be stronger for life. Officially backed by two research studies conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and Ohio State University, it works by combining the same psychological strengths you naturally display when you play games – such as optimism, creativity, courage, and determination with your real life. It challenges you to step out of your comfort zone and collaborate with others, building up your resilience to tackle tougher and tougher challenges with greater and greater success.

But SuperBetter can have so much more impact. If they reach their IndieGoGo funding goal, SuperBetter will be able to commission more research into how the science of games can be used to improve lives, reach even more vulnerable people across the US and the rest of the world through gameful living and provide a safe haven for those wishing to share their experiences in the SuperBetter community.

To find out more about SuperBetter and the campaign check out the attached Media Kit.

October 6, 2015
by Violet

SuperBetter 2.0 is coming, and we need you to spread the word!

Big news – We’re working to lead an amazing transformation to unlock the full potential of SuperBetter, and we’re putting a great team to work improving the apps and website and adding new features!  Here’s what we’re working on:


Will you join us and help make SuperBetter 2.0 and SuperBetter PRO better for everyone?

Click here to check out our IndieGoGo site and learn how you can invite friends to support the project!

We’d totally love it if you can contribute at any amount, but the reason we’re doing this crowdraiser is so SuperBetter can stay free and absolutely everyone can have access to it anytime.  If you’re not able to support the project financially, please consider spreading the word on social media and telling friends what SuperBetter means to you.  Thanks for all you do to make SuperBetter an incredible community!

August 11, 2015
by Violet

You could win a custom SuperBetter adventure!

SuperBetter book

You already know SuperBetter is a gameful way of living that can change your life, and now there’s a book that proves it.  If you’re ready to get even stronger, happier, braver, and more resilient, then you don’t want to miss this!

SuperBetter creator Jane McGonigal’s book comes out in just a few weeks, and you can sign up today to be one of the first people to read it.  Even cooler, Jane is offering some incredible prizes for a few lucky winners, including a private coaching session and custom secret identities.

Best of all, absolutely everybody who pre-orders SuperBetter gets VIP access to a Google hangout where Jane will answer your questions about anything and everything.  To see all the awesome rewards and learn more about how to sign up to get them, click here!

August 4, 2015
by Keith

Jane on The Tim Ferriss Show

jane-mcgonigal-on-the-tim-ferriss-show2SuperBetter creator Jane McGonigal discusses the Health Benefits of Games on The Tim Ferriss Show.

In this conversation, Tim and Jane dig into everything from recovering from head trauma to how you can use Candy Crush Saga to lose weight. Not enough? How about using Tetris to prevent PTSD, or using Call of Duty to increase empathy?

And, of course, SuperBetter…

Click here to listen to the full podcast.


July 28, 2015
by Keith

SuperBetter Science Update

g4h.2015.4.issue-3.coverAmazing news! A randomized controlled study of SuperBetter was published in the June 2015 edition of the Games for Health Journal. That’s right, the benefits of using SuperBetter are now confirmed in a study that has been published in a scientific peer-reviewed journal.

The study, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, found that using SuperBetter for 30 days significantly reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety; and increased life satisfaction, social support, and the belief in one’s ability to succeed and achieve goals.

SuperBetter helps you be stronger for life – by increasing resilience. Resilience is the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic even in the face of difficult challenges.

July 21, 2015
by Keith

A SuperBetter story

We are super excited to learn about the many ways that SuperBetter is helping people be stronger for life.

Today, we share an amazing story from Melissa Decapua’s blog, Modern Nurse.

Melissa writes:I originally fell in love with SuperBetter when I watched a 2012 TED talk by the creator Dr. Jane McGonigal called, “The game that can give you 10 extra years of life.” Super Better is one of those so wonderfully simple yet unbelievably ingenious creations with an unequivocally genuine and loving dedication to the wellbeing of each individual.

I remember the moment I became a true believer in SuperBetter. I was working at a small, rural outpatient mental health clinic as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. At the time I was only months into my career, and need I say naive? I was seeing a young man with major depression for our first follow-up visit. He walked into my office that day appearing brighter, livelier, and more sociable. About a month earlier, I had written a prescription for Wellbutrin and casually recommended that he check out this interesting website, www.superbetter.com.

“Looks like that Wellbutrin is working.” I said.

“Actually,” he started, “I couldn’t afford it, so I never got the prescription filled. I did sign up for SuperBetter though.”

“Really? Tell me about it.”

“Melissa, it has changed my life. I still have a long way to go, but I have hope in me now. I feel a strength growing inside me that I haven’t felt in a long time.”

I was stunned. I mean, obviously I thought SuperBetter was cool before, but actually seeing someone who was in so much pain find so much relief in something so simple (not to mention cost-effective and safe)… it was a poignant moment for me. I will never forget the smile in his eyes as he told me about his “epic wins” and “power ups.”

Read the rest of Melissa’s blog here.

July 16, 2015
by Keith

SuperBetter has a new owner!

SuperBetter is a very good thing in the world that has helped over 400,000 people so far tackle real-life challenges like stress, depression, anxiety, chronic pain and traumatic brain injury.

Unfortunately, the San Francisco company that built the original app & website ran out of money and closed its doors about 2 years ago. As a result, the product and our amazing SuperBetter community have not received the attention that both deserve.

Today, we are happy to announce that SuperBetter has a new owner!

SuperBetter has been acquired by SuperBetter, LLC, a new company in Chicago that is reimagining how we care for mental health and wellbeing in America and around the world.

We are super excited to work with Jane McGonigal to realize the potential of SuperBetter to help people around the world be stronger for life.  Jane is our Chief Science Officer.

The purpose of today’s post is to simply say hello and let you know that we are starting to “turn the lights back on” at SuperBetter.

We’ve begun to make improvements, and will make many more in the coming months. The SuperBetter Forum is now fixed. We are thrilled to see new members already adding their voice to the discussions. A few wonderful SuperBetter fans have even volunteered to moderate the forums while we are building out our new team!

Our goal is to create an amazing product experience. As you can imagine, after 2 years the product we inherited has bugs and is in need of updates! In fact, we found the Android app to be in such bad shape that we pulled it from the Google Play Store for now. We’ll bring it back after it is fixed.

We’re also working to get our customer service team up & running. Please be patient as we do. We welcome your feedback, suggestions and questions. The best way to reach us is to visit http://feedback.superbetter.com or email us at [email protected].

Finally, we are in awe of the incredible community that has rallied around SuperBetter. Thank you to all who have shared stories about how SuperBetter has impacted your life; to those who have encouraged each other; and to those who have volunteered to serve as allies on the SuperBetter forum.

You are awesome. We are truly excited about the journey that we are about to take together.

Warm Regards,

Keith Wakeman, CEO             Mike Hostetler, CTO

May 4, 2014
by Jane

“A New Way to Treat Depression: Games” – We’re in the Wall Street Journal!

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After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder last September, Reva Wood struggled with chronic pain, and then anxiety stemming from chronic pain. To reduce her anxiety, she decided to try something a little unusual: a video game called SuperBetter that claimed to use science-based challenges to help her manage anxiety.

Digital games are gaining notice from some researchers who think they’re a novel way to address mental health issues like depression and anxiety. SuperBetter is currently the subject of two scientific trials, including a National Institutes of Health-funded experiment that will begin this summer.

Read the full article at the Wall Street Journal.

April 5, 2014
by Jane

Happy three year anniversary, SuperBetter! (and here’s what’s next…)

We’re thrilled that three years after launching our first prototype, SuperBetter has helped nearly half a million players — and the game remains 100% free online.

If you’re playing SuperBetter online, hopefully you’ve noticed that we’ve celebrated our anniversary by polishing up the website and making some improvements! You’ll notice a smoother experience everywhere from your To Do list to your Allies dashboard.

We’re also just a few weeks away from an iOS update and our first ever Android app.

Although we’re not a full-time team working on the product anymore, we love SuperBetter, and we’ve seen it change countless lives. That’s why we continue to support it — with help from a clinical trial research grant from the NIH, so we can continue to work with scientists and health care practitioners to bring SuperBetter to as many people as possible.

So keep activating those power-ups and battling those bad guys! After all, it looks like there’s an epic win in your future…