Mental Health Apps
“There’s an app for that!” There are apps available for seemingly everything these days and Mental Health Apps are no different. It can be an overwhelming task to choose an app when there are so many options available but very little information explaining them.
If you’ve asked yourself:
- Are paid apps better than the free ones?
- Will an app be helpful for my issue?
- How can an app help me with my mental health?
- I don’t have a smartphone, can I access an app on my laptop?
This is the right place for you!
How are Mental Health Apps helpful?
Used in combination with your existing treatment plan and supports, apps can be used to assist in coping and managing mental health issues by:
- Reducing Stress
- Reducing Anxiety
- Improving Mood
- Improving Sleep
Not all Apps are created equal!
The following is a list of reputable apps that are recommended by Psychiatrists and Community Mental Health teams throughout Manitoba. App downloads are free, some offer the option to upgrade.
Calm (Free Version) - Features include sleep stories, music, meditation, managing stress, calming anxiety
CBT-i Coach - Features include meditation, mindfulness, meditation, guided imagery, sleep diary, tips for winding down, reminders for practice
Mindfulness Coach - Features include mindfulness, meditation, goal setting, log & track practices, mindfulness tips
Smiling Mind- Features include adult/youth options, mindfulness, meditation, stress reduction
MindShift - Features include anxiety information, realistic thinking, relaxation, mindfulness, coping suggestions
If you don’t have or use a smartphone there are also some versions available online.
Calm in the Storm
Stop, Breathe & Think
Choosing an App
Trial and error is the way to go! Each of us is unique; our needs change and evolve as situations/stressors change and evolve. Choosing a few apps and testing them at different times can help you to narrow the search for what works best for you.
Don’t give up! If at first you find the practices difficult or you’re not sure you’re doing them correctly, don’t lose hope. Meditation and mindfulness take practice! They are skills that are learned through repeated practice and take time to learn.
Every attempt is a step toward recovery!