In today’s virtual world, it is incredibly easy to access different ways to improve your mental health from the touch of your fingers. We have listed some of the highest-rated mental health apps for you:
10 Best Apps to Improve Mental Health
Talk to Someone
- BetterHelp: With BetterHelp, you have access to talk to a licensed psychologist via phone or text for $40-70 a month. No insurance is necessary. You take a quiz to see which experienced therapist is the best fit for you.
- TalkSpace: TalkSpace offers 24/7 access to a licensed therapist for $65-100/week. Take an assessment and then choose a therapist from a selection of recommended matches. You’ll be able to start sessions within the week.
General Mental Health
- What’s Up: What’s Up is a free app that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to help you cope with depression, anxiety, stress, and more.
- notOK: notOK is a free app that features a large, red button that can be activated to let close friends, family and their support network know help is needed. Users can add up to five trusted contacts as part of their support group so when they hit the digital panic button, a message along with their current GPS location is sent to their contacts. The message reads: “Hey, I’m not OK! Please call, text, or come find me.”
- MindShift: MindShift is one of the best mental health apps designed specifically for teens and young adults with anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxious feelings, MindShift stresses the importance of changing how you think about anxiety.
- eMoods: eMoods is a mood tracking app designed specifically for people with bipolar disorder. Users can track depressive and psychotic symptoms, elevated mood, and irritability and give an indication of the severity of their symptoms. These mood changes are illustrated onto a color-coded calendar so users can better understand how their mood fluctuates.
- PTSD Coach: Created by the VA’s National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), PTSD Coach offers everything from a self-assessment for PTSD, to opportunities to find support, positive self-talk, and anger management.
- nOCD: Designed with the help of OCD specialists and patients, nOCD offers immediate, clinically-supported guidance when an OCD episode strikes, weekly tests to assess the severity of your OCD, and motivational support along the way.
Mindfulness and Meditation
- Headspace: HeadSpace is a meditation app with hundreds of guided meditations on everything from stress and anxiety to sleep and focus.
- Calm: Calm provides users with guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, and relaxing music.
If you or someone you know could use additional mental health support, please consider the apps above or contacting our expert clinical team today.