Anxious? Depressed? There’s An App For That

Apps are available for everything these days — from shopping to entertainment and travel. Apps that claim to help look after your mental health and well-being are also available. So, we have selected our favorite apps for mental health.

Approximately 48.3 million adults in the United States are faced with a mental health condition each year, and 9.8 million of those are serious conditions that limit the activities of everyday life.  Among adults aged 18–44, mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder are now the third most common reason for hospitalizations.  Furthermore, those who live with severe mental illness are more likely to face chronic medical conditions and die around 25 years earlier.

Exercising regularly and eating a healthful diet can boost mental health and well-being significantly, help to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress, and increase endorphins responsible for happiness.  Apps focus on protecting or improving mental health using methods including meditation, hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and providing a valuable support network.

Here is a short list of 10 apps that focus on improving and supporting mental health. This is not an exhaustive list, so feel free to send us your favorites to be added.  Most of these apps can be downloaded and used at no cost to you, but some require an initial purchase or subscription which is noted in the iTunes and Google stores.

7 Cups of Tea

Website | Login/Sign-up | App: iPhone / Android

Anyone who wants to talk about whatever is on their mind can quickly reach out to a trained, compassionate listener through our network. We have hundreds of listeners who come from all walks of life and have diverse experiences. People connect with listeners on 7 Cups of Tea for all kinds of reasons, from big existential thoughts to small, day-to-day things that we all experience. Unlike talking to family or friends, a 7 Cups of Tea listener doesn’t judge or try to solve problems and say what to do. Our listeners just listen. They understand. They give you the space you need to help you clear your head.

SuperBetter App

Website | App: iPhone / Android

“Live Gamefully” SuperBetter increases resilience – the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic even in the face of difficult obstacles. Playing SuperBetter makes you more capable of getting through any tough situation—and more likely to achieve the goals that matter most to you. Proven results in just 10 minutes a day. Playing SuperBetter for 30 days improves mood, reduces symptoms of anxiety & depression and increases belief in the ability to successfully achieve goals.

Calm App

Website | App: iPhone / Android

“Reduce anxiety, sleep better and feel happier.” Calm brings clarity, joy and peace to your daily life. Join the millions experiencing the life-changing benefits of meditation and mindfulness.

Relax Melodies App

Website | App: iPhone / Android

“Say goodbye to insomnia.” Experience sleep like never before. Thanks to Relax Melodies, over 30 million users benefit from deep, uninterrupted sleep every night. Combining over 100 relaxation sounds, melodies, binaural beats and white noise, Relax Melodies allows you to create your very own relaxing soundscapes. Play them all night or for a determined period of time, thanks to its built-in timer.

Anxiety Relief Hypnosis App

Website | App: iPhone / Android

Do you suffer from anxiety? Hypnosis can help you reduce anxious thoughts and improve your relaxation response, resetting your behavior for a healthier response to stress. Learn to avoid anxiety and improve relaxation after listening daily for just 1–3 weeks, change your mindset through subconscious thoughts to reduce anxious thoughts, and prevent anxiety from interfering with your school, work, sleep, and life.

Happify App

Website | App: iPhone / Android

“Break old patterns. Form new habits.” How you feel matters! Whether you’re feeling sad, anxious, or stressed, Happify brings you effective tools and programs to help you take control of your feelings and thoughts. Our proven techniques are developed by leading scientists and experts who’ve been studying evidence-based interventions in the fields of positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy for decades.

notOK App

Website | App: iPhone / Android

“Help is only a tap away.” We have all been there – typed out a text message asking for emotional or physical support, only to delete it before sending. The notOK™ App takes the guesswork out of asking for help when you are feeling vulnerable. Whether you suffer from loneliness, anxiety, depression, stress, or anything else, immediate help is only the tap of a button away. All you have to do is register and enter up to 5 trusted contacts. The notOK™ App takes care of the rest. We will notify your trusted contacts that they have been selected as your support group, so when the time comes and you need to reach out, you just have to open the app and press the large, red notOK™ button. “You no longer have to suffer alone. Help is closer than you think!”

Headspace App

Website | App: iPhone / Android

“A few minutes could change your whole day.” Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple. We’ll teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.

Pacifica App

Website | App: iPhone / Android

Daily tools for stress, anxiety, and depression alongside a supportive community. Based on cognitive behavioral therapy & mindfulness meditation. Over 1.9 million people use Pacifica to manage their daily mental health with tools like mood and health tracking, mindfulness meditation, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Moodpath App

Website | App: iPhone / Android

Moodpath screens your well-being by asking questions on a daily basis. The screening makes you more conscious about your thoughts, feelings and emotions. After two weeks, you receive an electronic doctor letter. This letter will make your conversation with a professional much easier. There are also more than 150 psychological exercises and videos give you a better understanding of your moodpath and strengthen your mental health. Anonymous and safe: Moodpath is a CE-certified medical product and complies with highest data security requirements.

 

Compiled from Medical News Today, apps chosen by NAMI Bucks County