These days so many of us use apps in our everyday life for anything from shopping to entertainment to travel, but have you considered using them to look after your wellbeing and mental health?
There are now more and more apps out there that can help with anything from managing your general wellbeing to those for more specific health concerns. Listed below are some FREE* apps to get you started. Whilst these apps can be useful, they are not a replacement for seeking medical advice if you have concerns about any symptoms you are experiencing.
*Whilst the apps listed above are free to download, if you are using any apps, please check any costs involved and also compatibility to your device.
Elefriends is a supportive online community from the mental health charity Mind. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Whether you’re feeling good right now, or really low, it’s a place to share experiences and listen to others.
* Post updates and catch up with the community feed.
* Read and write posts offline.
* Share photos directly from your device.
* Passcode protected.
* Choose when and how you want to receive notifications.
* Moderated by the ‘Ele handlers’ from 10am until midnight.
RCPsych Mental Health App
The aim of this application is to: 1. Provide general public information about key mental health disorders 2. Provide links to relevant videos and podcasts 3. Provide links to the Royal College Website to which members of the public could find further information about mental health disorders
Five Ways to Wellbeing
This app offers a practical way to help you feel good and function well in the world.
Reflect on your wellbeing, set activities to help you improve your wellbeing and track your progress –
all from the comfort of your phone; whenever it suits you!
Based on substantial research, use the Five Ways to Connect, Take Notice, Be Active, Keep Learning and Give your way to improved wellbeing.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing can help you with many different aspects of your life. There’s no daily dose or required level of work. Just use the app at your own pace to suit your life – you can even write and set your own personal activities. It’s wellbeing your way.
Emoodji - the app for the best and worst of university!
Take a selfie or photo, choose the right emoji for your mood and send it to a friend or keep it to yourself. Emoodji tracks your mood so you can see how you’re doing, and is packed with tips on dealing with different aspects of student life: homesickness, exam stress, money worries etc.
Uni life can have its ups and downs, but Emoodji is there throughout. A fun way of looking after yourself, sharing with friends and supporting each other
What's Up? is a fantastic free app utilising some of the best CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more! With a beautiful, modern design, simple heading and easy-to-follow methods, you can get to what helps you the most in seconds!
SAM: Self-help for Anxiety Management
SAM will help you to understand what causes your anxiety, monitor your anxious thoughts and behaviour over time and manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection.
The "Social cloud" feature will enable you to share your experiences with the SAM community while protecting your identity.
What does it do?
The four categories of tasks target the main reasons for why people self-harm. Distract helps to combat the urge by learning self-control; Comfort helps to care rather than harm; Express gets those feelings out in a different way and Release provides safe alternatives to self-injury.
Happy Healthy is a personal trainer and health advisor in your pocket, combining self tracking with expert advice that make you feel happier in just 7 days.
It allows you to rate yourself on LENS (Lifestyle, Exercise, Nutrition and Sleep) and happiness over the course of the week, showing you what may affect your mood.When you are ready to upgrade you can access your
Online LENS Dashboard where you can view personal history, make personal notes, download a guide and share your progress with a health professional.
Optimism is an app for depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders to track moods, keep a journal and chart recovery progress. re. The app helps you to:
- Develop and monitor health strategies
- Learn the “triggers” of a decline in your mental health
- Recognize the early warning signs of a decline.
Relax Melodies is a relaxation and sleep app that allows you to select sounds and melodies that you like and combine them to create a mix. Lay back, listen, and enjoy falling asleep. This app can also be used in many other situations aside from sleep; perfect during some of your favorites activities such as relaxing at the spa, exercising in your yoga or relaxation classes, massaging sessions, or even when taking a nap! For parents, the ideal to help your baby fall asleep!
☆ FEATURES ☆
- 50 High quality ambient sounds, including 2 binaural beats frequencies for brainwave entrainment.
- Mix your favorite sounds together with different volume to create your own personal melodies and get infinite possibilities!
- High quality Retina graphics
- Include 8 off the shelf favorites for easy startup
- Create, Save, Name, Sort and Replay your favorites easily
- Multiple Alarms & Timers system. Use your own favorite as alarm to wake up slowly.
Struggling with anxiety? Tired of missing out? There are things you can do to stop anxiety and fear from controlling your life. MindShift is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it.
MindShift will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. This app includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety, as well as specific tools to tackle:
• Test Anxiety
• Social Anxiety
• Performance Anxiety
Think of MindShift as your portable coach helping you face challenging situations and take charge of your life.
MindShift is the work of a joint collaboration between AnxietyBC (http://www.anxietybc.com) and BC Mental Health & Addiction Services (http://www.bcmhas.ca). to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety – teaches relaxation skills, develops new thinking and suggests healthy activities.
Feeling moody but don’t know why? Open Moody Me and review charts, graphs and a calendar that all provide a detailed history of your moods and their causes. Investigate if your current emotional state is part of a trend or something new in need of reporting. Use the happy photos feature to snap shots of things that make you happy. You can create galleries to view as slideshows when you’re feeling blue.
Happier helps you stay more present and positive throughout the day. Our Apple Watch app is like your personal mindfulness coach -- use it to lift your mood, take a quick meditation pause, or capture and savor the small happy moments that you find in your day.
1) Share how you feel using our Apple Watch and we’ll help you lift your mood with inspiring quotes, clear your mind with a positive meditation break, or easily capture and share something positive using just your voice.
2) Use Happier as an on-the-go gratitude journal to record happy moments both big and small -- writing down things we appreciate is a scientifically proven way to feel more positive and optimistic.
3) Take our bite-sized, expert-led courses to discover new ways to find joy, calm, and satisfaction -- they take just a few minutes a day, and help you become more resistant to negativity you may encounter, and more resilient overall.
4) Connect with other Happier users in a positive and supportive community. It's like a smile in your pocket. 🙂
Happier has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, San Francisco Chronicle, among many others.
It's also well worth taking a look at the Mental Health Foundation's 16 free podcasts to help you live a mentally happier life - from New Years’ Resolutions to Relaxation for Better Sleep to Mindfulness and How to Overcome Fear and Anxiety. Can be listened to on the Mental Health Foundation website, downloaded or subscribe to on iTunes.