16 Mobile Apps for Mental Health
Mental health apps can be a great tool. As summer comes to a close, the buzz of back to school excitement is in the air. While some folks may be super excited, others may be more hesitant and making plans for getting through the next school year.
I thought this would be a great time to share a FREE resource I put together. It outlines 16 tried and true mobile apps geared towards mental health which many mental health counsellors recommend. It includes categorized apps for mindfulness, anxiety, mood monitoring, and coping. This document also describes each app with useful information, and most of them are free. You can get your copy here:
16 Mental Health Apps PDF
Although apps are not a replacement for mental health treatment in more chronic conditions, they do have proven value. Many apps, including some of the ones mentioned in the attached document, provide introductory CBT and mindfulness practices, which are evidence-based therapies. This is a growing field to keep an eye on, as there is a lot of new development and research taking place, with the hopes of using technology to bridge some of the gaps in mental health services. In the meantime, be aware that there is no one regulating which apps are effective as a “treatment” for mental health, so it may not be wise to rely on mobile apps as the only means of managing. If there are serious concerns present, it may be wise to speak with your health care providers. Otherwise, these apps can be an additional tool and reminder to check in and take care of yourself.
Wishing everyone a fantastic start to the school year!