10 Recommended Apps for mental health issues like anxiety, depression and stress more…
Given that most people have a mobile phone or atleast has access to a mobile phone, it is good to use this technology as another tool to benefit and aid your mental health. Below is a list of free apps that include strategies, meditations, mindfulness practices that can be used to help with anxiety, sleep, depression, PTSD, social anxiety, phobias, negative thinking and more.
1.Black Dog Snapshot
The Black Dog Snapshot app helps you keep track of your mental wellbeing. The app allows you to measure and monitor mental health and lifestyle factors that influence your wellbeing. The app will assess your general happiness, mood, anxiety, work stress, sleep, social support and alcohol intake which you can use to recognise patterns and identify any issues that can be addressed.
- Smiling Mind
Smiling mind offers a great collection of guided meditation. It can help you build from meditating infrequently to making meditation an everyday practice.
- Headspace: Meditation & Sleep
The Headspace meditation app teaches you how to breathe, meditate, live mindfully and improve focus. The app has a free mindfulness meditation course that teaches you the basics of mindfulness meditation and a guided meditation for sleep with relaxing sounds and mindfulness sleep stories.
- MindShift CBT – Anxiety Canada
The MindShift app gives you the tools to manage worry, panic, perfectionism, social anxiety and phobias. Some of the tools used are practices to relieve anxiety such as thought journal, coping cards, belief experiments to test your beliefs that fuel anxiety, mood tracker, goal setting tips and ways to improve healthy habits.
- PTSD Coach
PTSD Coach offers everything from a self-assessment for PTSD, to opportunities to find support, positive self-talk, and anger management. What’s great about this app is that you can customize tools based on your own individual needs and preferences, and integrate your own contacts, photos, and music.
- No Zero Days
No zero days helps you focus on taking actions every day to foster self growth. It divides your day into four steps: Created, Helped, Learned, and Health. Every day, when you do the smallest thing that goes towards any one of these four categories. The idea is to recognize that even when a day feels useless, you can turn it around by accomplishing something even if it is small.
- Check-in Beyond Blue
This app was developed by Beyond Blue to assist young people in supporting someone they are concerned about. The app can help you plan how you will approach the person you care about, what you will say and how you will offer your support. There is also tips about looking after your own mental health.
- Worry Tree
The Worry Tree app helps you record and manage your worries and takes you through a series of steps once you noticed you’re worrying about something.
This app has activities and games to help reduce stress, overcome negative thoughts and build greater resilience by providing tools and programs to improve your emotional wellbeing.
- Stop, breath & think.
This is a mindfulness app that makes it easy to take a pause in your day to check in with yourself. Users can enter their present mood then the app provides options for the most useful meditations to use.
Kimberley Aguet – Counsellor, Virtual Psychologist