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Ten Wellness Apps Designed to Strengthen and Support Your Mental Health and Well-being
For all age groups, Breathe2Relax is a mental health app for those needing time to meditate. After downloading, users follow along as the app provides deep breathing exercises to lower stress levels. Inhales and exhales are customized to help the person achieve a relaxed state. Heart rate is measured throughout each deep breathing session to gauge whether the exercise is working to calm the user.
Happify uses games and activities to relax the individual. Happify is available on cross platforms, including smartphones, tablets, desktops, and laptop computers. A few simple activities completed on a weekly basis relaxes the person and measure his or her “happiness.” Graphs generated by the application measure positive emotions before and after each mental health activity.
Headspace is for those looking to enter a meditative state. Headspace offers guided meditation to relax app users and reduce stress and anxiety. A free basic guide is available for new users. This guide is a 10-day course designed to teach the person the key facets of meditation and mindfulness. Meditation options are available based on areas of concern.
The Mindshift app is geared to those who are using cognitive behavior therapy to address mental health issues. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) involves using available resources to help the person relax. CBT has been used by therapists to address various mental health conditions, such as phobias, panic disorders, and social anxiety.
To get started, the app asks the user to take a short quiz to gauge current emotional state. The questionnaire is only nine questions long and intended to give a baseline for mood. Depression levels can be then tracked and shared with mental health providers. Diary entries allow the individual to create a feelings log. The person types down the situation and what type of emotions he or she had during the moment.
Sanvello provides mental health tips for college students on an easy-to-use platform. Sanvello is one of the most downloaded mental health apps of all time with more than 3 million users. The mental health activities included in the app were studied in 500 adults suffering from anxiety and depression and found to be highly effective.
Self-Help for Anxiety Management
The Self-Help for Anxiety Management application was developed through researchers at the University of the West of England. Designed for user-friendliness, the app is easy to navigate and provides anxiety reduction tools and tips.
VA Mental Health Apps
VA Mental Health Apps is a collection of mental health apps available online, including CPT Coach, PE Coach, Mood Coach, and PTSD Coach. The mental health applications in the suite of product were designed specifically for veterans through the Department of Veteran Affairs, but anyone can use them.
What’s My M3
Users submit mental health assessments for free without revealing their identity. The assessments only take three minutes to complete and a personalized report is generated based on provided answers. The user is then given a M3 score to determine mental health state. Based on the score, the app recommends different strategies to take to address any issues.
WorryWatch provides mental health resources for college students. WorryWatch allows the person to record any type of worry experienced throughout the day. After writing down an upsetting event or emotion, the user is provided with tools to reflect and assess each situation.