Mental Health Apps
The following are links to learn information about apps that you might find useful in helping to manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, and other mental health issues. Most of these apps are free to download through the webpages provided! If you are unsure which app may be most helpful for you, a counselor at Health and Wellness can help you decide.
Anxiety Release shows you how to release anxious thoughts and feelings naturally, by harnessing the power of your brain. It does this by combining guided instructions and focused attention with bilateral brain stimulation. Bilateral stimulation is a treatment element of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), a revolutionary treatment which is based on the use of sensory stimulation to alter anxiety-provoking memories and responses. Over 30 randomized controlled studies of EMDR attest to the efficacy of this process.
- Self-help Anxiety Management
- 7 Cups Of Tea
The Mindshift app is the collaboration of AnxietyBC and BC Children’s Hospital, designed to help individuals manage their anxiety. AnxietyBC has collected a wealth of peer-reviewed literature on the subject of stress management, phobias and coping with symptoms of anxiety. The App uses individual tools and tactics to develop healthy long-term habits for dealing with different symptoms and forms of anxiety. This includes strategies for sleep improvement, exam anxiety, social stress, and minimizing panic.
Self-help Anxiety Management (SAM), developed by the University of the West of England, is aimed at reducing anxiety in students and the general public. Using clinical-based evidence, this app provides a range of self-help methods that work to reduce anxiety. Ways to challenge anxiety provoking thoughts are explained, and ways to incorporate relaxation techniques to reduce physical symptoms of anxiety are reviewed.
7 Cups of Tea is an online emotional support service that allows members and guests to connect anonymously with trained listeners to gain support for everyday issues such as anxiety, loneliness, emotions, depression and coping with breakups. The app contains different options for support such as individual listeners, group chats, and user forums. The app download includes a limited free trial followed by a monthly subscription fee.
HealthyMinds is a problem-solving tool to help deal with emotions and cope with the stresses you encounter both on and off campus. The goal: Keeping your mind healthy.
Suicide & Depression
The Pacifica app offers cognitive behavioral therapy tools for managing depression and anxiety. The CBT-based app offers users tactics for recognizing and altering thought and behavioral patterns. The CBT approach is endorsed by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the app is currently be undergoing a randomized controlled study at the University of Minnesota, with initial results showing significant effect sizes.
- Insight Timer
The LifeLine app is designed to aid anyone facing a mental health crisis situation. The app can connect the user to support services 24/7. The App also includes several self-management tools and direct access to ECounselling.
Headspace is an online mindfulness-based tool for improving mental health. It provides meditation options that are flexible to the situation you find yourself in. Grounded in peer-reviewed randomized trial research, Headspace incorporates mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to help alleviate anxiety, depression, and insomnia. There is both free and paid subscription options for this app.
The mySleepButton app was developed by researchers at Simon Fraser University to help people fall asleep. Using a cognitive based approach the app utilizes the imagination to help induce sleep. The app helps replace your mental focus on left-brain dominated thought with a vivid procession of imaginative images that are favorable to sleep. It’s a simple, fun and free.
Home to more than 3,200,000 meditators, Insight Timer is rated as the top free meditation app on the Android and iOS stores.
Last reviewed 1/9/2018 12:23:00 PM