You may have heard of the term ‘app’ but be unsure of what it means. An app (short for application) is a computer programme made for a smartphone or tablet computer that can be downloaded on to your device from the built-in app store. There are a multitude of apps available including games and those for fun, but also many that can really help with day to day life, all via your phone or tablet.
Managing mental illness alone can be difficult, so it’s useful to know that there are apps available that can help. There are lots of mental health apps to choose from in the app store that can assist with all number of different issues. Where therapy can sometimes be expensive, many of these apps are free of charge. They can offer invaluable support and resources, making therapeutic techniques more accessible to everybody. Why not take a look and see what help may be available to you, today.
This list has been compiled by Andover Mind as a guide to apps available to support your well-being. We are not able to recommend individual apps. Please check the suitability of each app, and if there are any cost implications or compatibility issues.Whilst most of the apps listed are free to download, please be aware of potential in-app purchases.
What’s up is an amazing free app that uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to help you cope with depression, anxiety, stress, and more. Use the positive and negative habit tracker to maintain your good habits, and break those that are counterproductive. We particularly love the “Get Grounded” page, which contains over 100 different questions to pinpoint what you’re feeling, and the “Thinking Patterns” page, which teaches you how to stop negative internal monologues. Try it out for yourself.
Need a happy fix? With its psychologist-approved mood-training programme, the Happify app is your fast-track to a good mood. Try various engaging games, activity suggestions, gratitude prompts and more to train your brain as if it were a muscle, to overcome negative thoughts.
Mind Shift is one of the best mental health apps designed specifically for teens and young adults with anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxious feelings, Mind Shift stresses the importance of changing how you think about anxiety. Think of this app as the cheerleader in your pocket, encouraging you to take charge of your life, ride out intense emotions, and face challenging situations.
SAM might be perfect for you if you’re interested in self-help, but meditation isn’t your thing. Users are prompted to build their own 24-hour anxiety toolkit that allows you to track anxious thoughts and behaviour over time, and learn 25 different self-help techniques. You can also use SAM’s “Social Cloud” feature to confidentially connect with other users in an online community for additional support.