Mental Health Awareness Week: Mental Health Apps
There are apps for almost everything out there. It would only make sense that there would be some for mental health. The apps that I have listed below are for the most part pretty different. Some of them include in-app purchases but are free to download and use some of the built-in services.
Calm– This one is focused on three important areas of meditation, breathing, sleep, and relaxation. The app is full of guided sessions as well as calming nature sounds. It is made for both Android and iPhone, with free and paid aspects.
Headspace– Another meditation app, this one focuses on helping you have mindfulness and meditation on themed topics such as healthy relationships, finding calming places, and reducing stress. It
#selfcare– I use this one when I am stressed or having a bad bout of anxiety or depression. It is perfect for you to use when you need a mindless activity to distract you from your thoughts. It has several activities or games you can do that are mindless and calming such as sorting clothing, petting a cat (with purring sounds), making words, and an animated lotus flower to help you focus your breathing. The app is free for iPhone but has not been created for Android yet.
What’s Up– This app uses actual counseling theories such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy to help you cope with depression, anxiety, stress, and more. The most notable part is the habit tracker which will let you keep track of good habits and lessen the bad ones. It is free for Android and iPhone.
Happify– This app helps you figure out what’s important to you by having you take a