2020 has been a challenge for everyone. Whether it’s extreme weather, COVID-19, or changes to the business world, people have been hit hard. That’s one reason that mobile apps for mental health are more important than ever. These are excellent resources for people who have been feeling isolated, anxious, or depressed due to these unprecedented conditions.
There are plenty of excellent mental health apps available to the public. Each is a little bit different. Anxiety Reliever helps people to track their feelings and see why and when they become anxious. The app also gives users relaxation exercises. A limited version is available for free, while a more comprehensive version can be purchased.
Headspace is another app that’s geared toward people dealing with anxiety. It’s also helpful for people with OCD, depression, and PTSD. With Headspace, people can learn meditation and mindfulness strategies. By doing these kinds of exercises, users find that they’re able to relax more, stop focusing on negatives, and even improve their attention spans. Headspace helps give people peace of mind.
MoodTools is more specifically aimed at people with diagnosed depression. This app includes tools like symptom checklists and a journal to track symptoms and guides for meditation. These tools help people manage their symptoms. One very important MoodTool is the suicide safety plan. This is a set of steps people can take if they start to feel like they’re in danger of self-harming.
PTSD Coach is another application that has a particular audience. PTSD has been notoriously difficult to treat for decades. The National Center for PTSD developed this app. It provides education, teaches skills and tips for managing mild to moderate PTSD. For people with severe PTSD, this app may not be enough help. They may need more assistance and more people on their team to help them remain safe. But it is a good source of information.
Finally, Breathe2Relax is an app that offers assistance to many people by teaching breathing exercises. They can help manage stress, deal with PTSD, and deal with anxiety. Breathe2Relax can be personalized so that it moves at a pace comfortable for the user. This app also has charts that track users’ progress.