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A Must Have Mental Health Mobile Apps
We live in a society where almost every person owns a smartphone device. The sociocultural growth of smartphone devices has changed the way people reach their friends, obtain data and media, and share their lives. Approximately 92% of adults between the ages of 18 to 65 years old and over in the United States own a smartphone device.
The following suggested apps are based on establishment treatments (e.g., CBT, DBT, etc.) that you and/or your clients can use in everyday life.
1. BellyBio Interactive Breathing
This is a free app that teaches a deep breathing technique useful in fighting anxiety and stress. A simple interface uses biofeedback to monitor the person’s breathing. Sounds cascade with the movements of your belly, in rhythms reminiscent of waves on a beach. Charts also let the person know how you’re doing. A great tool when you need to slow down and breathe.
2. Operation Reach Out
Literally a lifesaving app, this free intervention tool helps people who are having suicidal thoughts to reassess their thinking and get help. Recommended by followers of @unsuicide Instagram social network, who report that this app has helped in suicidal crises. Developed by the military, but useful to all.
3. eCBT Calm
Provides a set of tools to help the person evaluate personal stress and anxiety, challenge distorted thoughts, and learn relaxation skills that have been scientifically validated in research on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Lots of background and useful information along with step-by-step guides.
4. Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson
Getting enough sleep is one of the foundations of mental health. A personal favorite I listen to all the time, this straightforward app features a warm, gentle voice guiding listeners through a Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) session and into sleep. Features long or short induction options, and an alarm.
A three-minute depression and anxiety screen. Validated questionnaires assess symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD, and combine into a score that indicates whether or not a person’s life is impacted significantly by a mood disorder, recommending a course of action. The app keeps a history of test results, to help you track your progress.
6. DBT Diary Card and Skills Coach
Based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) developed by psychologist Marsha Linehan, this app is a rich resource of self-help skills, reminders of the therapy principles, and coaching tools for coping. Created by a therapist with years of experience in the practice, this app is not intended to replace a professional but helps people reinforce their treatment.
Track your moods, keep a journal, and chart your recovery progress with this comprehensive tool for depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders.
A calm voice helps you quell anxieties and take the time to relax and sleep, in an array of guided meditations. Separately controlled voice and music tracks, flexible lengths, and an alarm.
9. Magic Window – Living Pictures
Not technically a mental health app, it makes no miraculous claims about curbing anxiety. However, there is independent research by Jared Green (2011) indicating that taking breaks and getting exposure to nature, even in videos, can reduce stress. This app offers an assortment of peaceful, ambient nature scenes from beautiful spots around the world.
10. Relax Melodies
A popular free relaxation sound and music app. Mix and match nature sounds with new age music; it’s lovely to listen to birds in the rain while a piano softly plays.
I hope everyone's enjoy! :)
Panagiotis Markopoulos, SACES social media chair & Technology Interest Network chair.
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