Publication: Above Water: an educational game for anxiety

We present Above Water - a digital/physical hybrid game to inform people about the available strategies to cope with two types of Anxiety Disorders - Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. The game teaches players about existing treatments. This hybrid game is designed to inspire players to share their experiences and develop their own personal narrative. The document also outlines an assessment strategy to study the game and determine its effectiveness as a game for health. The game is designed to educate non-institutionalized individuals with clinical anxiety and panic disorder. Potential players may be diagnosed, seeking intervention information, or a supportive friend.




Rina Wehbe Diane Watson
University of Waterloo
Gustavo Tondello Marim Ganaba
Melissa Stocco Alvin Lee
Lennart Nacke
University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Saskatchewan


Wehbe, R., Watson, D., Tondello, G., Ganaba, M., Stocco, M., Lee, A., Nacke, L.E. 2016. Above Water: an educational game for anxiety. In CHIPLAY'16, Austin, TX, USA. 79-84. DOI=10.1145/2968120.2971804.


@inproceedings {402-p79-wehbe,
author= {Rina Wehbe and Diane Watson and Gustavo Tondello and Marim Ganaba and Melissa Stocco and Alvin Lee and Lennart Nacke},
title= {Above Water: an educational game for anxiety},
booktitle= {CHIPLAY'16},
year= {2016},
address= {Austin, TX, USA},
pages= {79-84}