If you’ve got a Sim with a social anxiety disorder or are looking for a way to help them feel less alone, the British Psychological Society (BPS) says it has a new app that you can use to keep their moods under control.
The app, called Simulink, will let you share your thoughts with your Sim, which can then “take a break” from your Sim’s interactions.
If you think you may be suffering from social anxiety, the BPS suggests taking Simulik “for a moment” and letting them have a go at taking a break.
If they can’t do that, they can go to the Sim’s house, “talk about their issues, and ask for support”.
Once they are feeling better, they may then “come back to work, or school”.
If they’re still feeling anxious, they will be asked to come back to your Sim and help them through a “conversation”.
They will then be asked if they want to be reassessed, and then you can “share their concerns and ask them to take a break.”
You can even “share your thoughts and feelings about what you’re feeling, and how you feel, if that helps.”
You’ll then get a “message” from the Sim, and they can take a brief break from you to “focus on your own wellbeing”.
You can also call Simulisk and ask to be assigned to a support group.
If your Sim doesn’t want to come to you, you can also “listen to their feelings” to make sure they’re okay.
“If you do have a Sim that you think may have a social disorder, Simulinks will offer you a free consultation so you can work with your own therapist and support group,” a spokesperson for the BSP said.
The BPS says it is “working closely with all the specialist mental health services across the country to provide a range of support services for our clients”.
“We are constantly assessing the effectiveness of our services, so we know how well they are working,” it added.
“We encourage all users to check out Simulinking to find out if they are experiencing a real problem.”
Read more about social anxiety and sims in the BPH’s social anxiety article