Mental Health Apps
By Roma Palmer There seems to be an app for everything these days. But I didn’t expect there to be Mental Health Apps! I don’t know why I didn’t but I suppose I still expected mental health to be more of a person-to-person experience. However, when I came across a review of a number of mental health apps in the Journal of Employee Assistance I had to check them out. Some of them are quite neat. None of them replace the person-to-person connection of therapy itself; but I do see them as useful in acquiring more information if you’re thinking about therapy or as a support throughout the therapeutic process.
Here are some of the ones that appealed to me and had good ratings in the Journal:
○ Optimism – track your mood, behaviour, triggers and coping
○ MindShift – learn about anxiety, panic and how to control
○ SnoreLab – records snoring – interrupted sleep can be related to decreased functioning throughout the day
○ What’s my M3 – self-test for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, OCD
○ Tactical Breather – breathing exercises – this one is very practical. It takes you through a breathing exercise that you can do for 2 minutes, 5 minutes or more. I always find it easier to concentrate when I have a voice outside my head leading me through an exercise.
○ My Fitness Pal – weight management, fitness, recipes
○ Mind Tools – personal and business tools – I want to check this one out further. I like the idea of business tools.
○ Twenty-Four Hours a Day – AA-based recovery motivation
○ iCouch CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy practice
○ PTSD Coach Canada – info and help with PTSD
Once again I want to reiterate that these do not replace therapy but they can supply information and suggest strategies to help manage mental health symptoms. Check them out and see what you think!