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Christian wellness app backed by Justin Welby now using AI to help people through lockdown

by Tola Mbakwe
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A Christian wellness app is now using a new artificial intelligence (AI) function to help support people through the coronavirus pandemic. 

Soultime app already offered meditations, music and mood tracking but wanted to find a way to integrate the kind of social support self-help groups offer. 

The new AI function technology within the app can detect the particular times in the day or week when users could do with a call. 

After a user signs up for the app, they can invite up to five close friends to be supporters to them on the app. The user is then asked to fill in the Soultime mood tracker as often as they'd like. 

When Soultime detects that the person is not doing well, it sends a message to the person's support network saying that now might be a good time to give their friend a call. 

Mark Wagner, the founder of Soultime, told Premier there are also components of the app that could help people who are anxious during the pandemic sleep better.

"We have lots of appropriate readings from the Bible," he said. 

"We also have things from well-known Christian writers. We have specific meditations to help sleep, we also have lots of music that's appropriate."

The Archbishop of Canterbury and British comedian Miranda Hart have endorsed the app with Most Rev Justin Welby saying "it is a beautiful and quiet and accessible way of drawing close to God".

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