In this world of stress and uneasiness, it is no joke that mental health (#Worldmentalhealthday) is at the forefront of many issues. Dealing with work, relationships, family, social media and the struggles of daily life can be a lot.
Find someone to talk about the issues is stressful in itself. Breaking away from work to meet with a mental health professional, the potential cost of those appointments and trying to navigate insurance to get mental health coverage or just arranging to get help can be hard. Below are 7 apps that you can connect with in these digital times
1. What’s Up
What’s Up is a free app that helps users cope with depression, anxiety, anger and stress through therapy methods and tools like a diary and a tracker for both positive and negative habits. The app also has forums to connect with others, guides on staying grounded and calming breathing techniques.
Happify is one case where playing games on a smartphone can serve a meaningful purpose. The app, free with in-app purchase options, has different tracks –- from parenting to anxiety to confidence –- that are coached by trained professionals. Choose tracks and then play games and activities to progress.
3. Quit That!
The seeming inability to quit something — whether it’s alcohol or Diet Coke or the daily coffee rituals blowing budgets — can lead to stress. Quit That! is a free app that tracks habits people are trying to quit and shows accomplishments along the way, like how long it’s been since quitting and how much money it’s saved.
Creating a word cloud may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to therapy, but it is a tool in this app. Stigma provides an easy way to journal and then visually display the prominent words in that writing as a way to track thoughts and feelings. The app can also track mood in a visual calendar and graph how each person’s mood adjusts over time.
5. Insight Timer
This app offers nearly 10,000 free guided meditations to choose from. Users can modify the meditation to what they need at the moment, choosing from options ranging from ambient sounds to the sounds of bells. Insight Timer also has more than 3,000 discussion groups and local meet-ups run by users.