Useful Mental Health Apps

Online Mental Health Apps do not replace professional and personal support, especially if you are experiencing significant distress or mental illness. However, they can be complementing the help you are getting from professionals, family and friends. There are some great online self-help resources as well as numerous mental health apps that many people find very useful in maintaining their mental health and well-being. Here is a list of FREE mental health apps.

Emotion and Stress Management:

HealthyMinds

iPhone rating: N/A

Android rating: 4 stars

http://www.theroyal.ca/mental-health-centre/apps/healthymindsapp/

HealthyMinds is a problem-solving tool to help deal with emotions and cope with the stresses you encounter both on and off campus, with the goal of keeping your mind healthy. The app helps you identify how you think and react to challenges in your life, and offers problem-solving techniques to help you better react to future challenges and stresses. Other features include stress-busting exercises, information about food and healthy eating, and breathing exercises.

TruReach

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.airnauts.trh&hl=en

Android rating: 4 stars

TruReach is mental wellness on the go. Learn skills that help you deal with anxiety, stress, and feeling down. This app breaks down cognitive behavioural therapy into 18 quick, 5-minute lessons, covering topics including: identifying emotions, identifying thoughts, goal setting, and thought tests.

Anxiety:

MindShift

iPhone rating: 4 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

https://www.anxietybc.com/resources/mindshift-app

MindShift is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. The app will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. MindShift includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety, as well as specific tools to deal with test anxiety, perfectionism, social anxiety, performance anxiety, worry, panic, and conflict.

Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM)

iPhone rating: 4.5 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

http://sam-app.org.uk/

Self-Help for Anxiety Management is an app designed to help you understand and manage anxiety. You can monitor your anxious thoughts and behaviours over time, as well as manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection. You can also share your experiences with other app users while keeping your identity private.

Flowy

iPhone rating: 3.5 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

http://www.flowygame.com/

Flowy is a mobile game designed to help people manage their panic attacks and anxiety symptoms in a fun, distracting way. The game is based on breathing retraining, a breathing technique that can be used to combat panic and anxiety symptoms whenever they arise. The app developers conducted a study to prove the effectiveness of the game in managing anxiety symptoms and found that Flowy measurably reduced symptoms of anxiety, panic, and hyperventilation.

Mindfulness:

Headspace

https://www.headspace.com/

iPhone rating: 4.5 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

Headspace is your own personal trainer, here to help you train your mind. Numerous selections of meditation and mindfulness techniques to suit your mood and lifestyle are available. Choose your session length, replay your favourites, and learn how to apply mindfulness to your everyday activities. The app lets you track your progress and stats, as well as lets you buddy up with friends.

Stop, Breathe & Think 

http://www.stopbreathethink.org/

iPhone rating: 4 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

Stop, Breathe & Think is a free mindfulness, meditation, and compassion-building lifestyle tool which is both fun and easy to use. Tune into how you are thinking and feeling, and selection emotions to help guide you in the recommended meditations. Emotions can be tracked both pre and post meditation, and you can even share your favourite calming exercises.

Depression and Mood Disorders:

Moodlytics

iPhone rating: 5 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

http://www.moodlytics.com/

Moodlytics is a mood tracking app which allows you to log your moods and track them periodically. The app has a variety of features: you can track your moods with emojis, attach photos, journal your feelings, set reminders, set mood goals, and log moods from past days. Once you have logged for several days, you can create charts that let you look back and visualize your mood patterns.
T2 Mood Tracker

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/t2-mood-tracker/id428373825?mt=8

iPhone rating: 4.5 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

T2 Mood Tracker allows users to monitor their moods on 6 pre-loaded scales (anxiety, stress, depression, brain injury, post-traumatic stress, and general well-being. Custom scales can also be created. Users rate their moods, which are then displayed on graphs to help users track their moods.

DBSA Wellness Tracker

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/dbsa-wellness-tracker/id638583516?mt=8

iPhone rating:

Android rating: 4 stars

The DBSA Wellness Tracker is a user-friendly app which allows you to keep track of your emotional, mental, and physical health. The app has a report feature which gives you a summary of your health trends. This can help you better recognize potential health problems and mood triggers in your life.

Eating Disorders:

Recovery Record

iPhone rating: 5 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

https://www.recoveryrecord.com/

Recovery Record is an eating disorder recovery app with a number of features. Not only does the app allow you to log your meals, you are also able to record your behaviours, thoughts, and feelings associated with each meal. You can also create meal plans and record coping skills. You can even connect with your clinician if they download the clinician version of the app. Your clinician will have access to your meal logs and can keep track of your progress in between in-person sessions.

Rise Up + Recover

iPhone rating: 5 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

https://www.recoverywarriors.com/app/

Rise Up + Recover is an eating disorder management app with several features. The app allows you to log your meals, track your emotions, behaviours and thoughts, and export PDF summaries of your progress to share with your treatment team.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

PTSD Coach Canada

PTSD Coach Canada was developed by Veterans Affairs Canada in partnership with the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Mental Health Association. The PTSD Coach Canada app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that can occur after trauma. This app provides reliable information on PTSD and treatments, tools for screening and tracking your symptoms, and easy-to-use tools to help you handle stress symptoms.

Suicide Prevention:

DMHS

Android rating: 4 stars

http://dmhs.ca/resources/mobile-app/

The Durham Mental Health Services Suicide Prevention App is designed to provide information about suicide intervention, suicide prevention, and mental health resources. A direct link to a 24-hour telephone support C.A.L.L (Crisis Access Linkage Line) is provided.

Be Safe

iPhone rating: 3.5 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

https://besafeapp.ca/index.php

Be Safe is a suicide prevention app that aims to help young adults seek help in a crisis. The app was developed in partnership with youth and professionals. Be Safe allows users to create a digital safety plan, informs users about mental health and addiction resources in their local community, directs users to the best options for their needs through a decision-making aid, and empowers the user to reach out safely.

 

This is not a full list and many other options are available for students. If you are using an app that you find helpful, please share it on the comment section below.

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