Smartphone Applications

Go to your Smartphone “store” and search for and down load some of these great mental health resources. My apologies for being iphone focused. May of these apps are available in Android too. Most of these apps are free:

General list

Psyberguide: There are thousands of mental health apps. We help you choose the ones that are right for you and those you care about.

Autism

Children with Autism & Disability – a parent guide: If you have a child with disability or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Raising Children Network has created the Children with ASD & Disability App for you to use before and after diagnosis.

Anxiety and Depression

MoodKit: This smartphone app is the logical CBT follow-up homework for a young client – it’s a toolkit for what they can do to improve their mood, recording events and feelings, and rating their mood along the way. They can email me how they are feeling each day or week.

Mood Mission: MoodMission is an evidence-based app designed to empower you overcome low moods and anxiety by discovering new and better ways of coping.

iCounselor: Incorporates strategies for managing a range of conditions, including angerobsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression.

PTSD Coach Australia: The PTSD Coach Australia app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma.

Breathe2Relax: Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing.

Self Help for Anxiety Management App AppSAM is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety. SAM has been developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists and student users. Established methods of self-help have been combined with high standards of usability to provide an engaging, flexible, and practical resource.

Operation Reachout suicide prevention app: is designed to: Encourage people to reach out for help when they are having suicidal thoughts. Help those who are concerned about family members, spouses, or fellow service members who may be suicidal. Provide activities to help people who are depressed stay connected to others.

This Way Up Depression course app: You can do this course on your phone – for people who have had more than one previous episode of depression whether or not they are currently depressed.

This Way Up Mixed Depression and Anxiety course app: You can do this course on your phone – fpr people who have had attacks of anxiety and periods of depression at various times. People who commonly have both sets of symptoms whether or not they are currently suffering.

Talkspace Counselling AppIntroducing Unlimited Messaging Therapy, affordable, confidential and anonymous therapy at the touch of a button. Your professional licensed therapist is waiting to chat with you right now, and help you make a real difference in your life. You can message your therapist anytime and anywhere, from your smartphone or the web, 100% safe and secure. Welcome to the wonderful world of therapy, re-invented for how we live today.

Pacifica: Daily tools for stress and anxiety alongside a supportive community. Based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Meditation.

MoodPrism: helps you learn about your mood by transforming daily mood reports into a colourful summary of your emotional health. It also provides health information based on your daily mood, and links to mental health resources. MoodPrism can help you boost your emotional health and well-being.

BRAIN TRAINING

Brainy app: BrainyApp helps to raise awareness of the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, and to help you live a brain healthy life. So look after your brain health to reduce your risk of dementia. Use the BrainyApp Survey to find out how brain healthy you are and complete the Activities  to watch your brain health score rise.

Lumosity Brain Trainer: Improve your memory, attention, and overall brain performance through scientific brain workouts.

Clockwork Brain: Play fun, innovative puzzles and train your brain with A Clockwork Brain!

BODY IMAGE

Body Beautiful: A unique iPhone app that promotes positive body image and self-esteem among women and girls.

DRUG, gambling  AND ALCOHOL MANAGEMENT

On Track with the Right Mix: A new tool to help you manage your alcohol consumption and learn about the health impacts of alcohol on your wellbeing and lifestyle. A mobile app from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs that lets you keep track of the number and types of drinks you consume; the amount of money it’s costing you and lets you know about the impact the alcohol has on your wellbeing and fitness levels.

Joint Effort Quit App: NCPIC has now released it’s new, FREE Joint Effort quit app. The app helps people who want to cut down or quit cannabis use by letting them buddy up and get support, monitor use and spend, set goals, identify and manage triggers, write journals and much more.

Stay on Track: Do you enjoy a bet, but sometimes lose track of your wins and losses?Stay on Track is a mobile phone application that makes it easy to set a gambling
budget and stick to it.

MyQuitBuddy: Personalised app to help you on your journey to become smoke-free. It provides a countdown to your quit attempt and stats to track your quitting progress, such as days smoke-free, cigarettes avoided and dollars saved.

GOAL SETTING AND MOTIVATION

Life Game: uses the metaphor of a tree to represent the “life you want to grow.” The leaves of the tree reflect the different areas of life that matter most to you at the moment. Create a simple action plan that helps you live the life you want. Practice the behaviors that support your intentions, and build new daily habits that lead to meaningful progress.

Proof!: Create a 7-day challenge, personalize it and get started. Use proof to motivate yourself to get in shape, change a habit or do a little good in the world.

Bloom: Combine your favorite photos and music into inspirational Blooms.View Blooms as reminders of what’s important and to inspire you to take small steps towards growing the life you want.

Stay Strong: a structured mental health and substance misuse intervention using Indigenous specific content. The app will assist therapists to deliver a structured, evidence based, and culturally appropriate intervention to their Indigenous clients.

IMPROVING SLEEP

DeepSleep: This app incorporates guided meditation to help overcome insomnia and get to sleep. It can be customised for short or long inductions, and has an alarm for waking up.

Sleep Cycle: A bio-alarm clock that analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you when you are in the lightest sleep phase.

Sleep Machine: Sleep Machine provides a huge assortment of professionally mastered ambient sounds designed specifically for achieving a total relaxed state and improving sleep. The elegant multi sound player design is easy to play, mix, and create a truly lifelike sound for your sleep environment. You can mix iPod music with your favorite sounds too !

MINDFULNESS & ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT)

Smiling Mind: Young people adore this. Smiling Mind is a meditation app customised by age for anxiety and depression.

Mnf: Always making excuses for not meditating? This is simply the best way to learn and enjoy mindfulness meditation.

Headspace: Headspace is a project designed to demystify meditation. Using the wonders of science and technology, we make it easy-to-learn, fun-to-do, and relevant to your everyday life.

Actcompanion: Guided mindfulness meditation exercises, like body scan and mindful breathing, help you get started with the basics of mindfulness training.

Mindful Creation: Gain a greater sense of connection to meaningful life experiences. Step out of repetitive thinking patterns. Break free from reactive behavioural patterns. Release stress, and overcome boredom and frustration. Enjoy a simple, yet effective way to know yourself.

The Mindfulness App: Do you want to find more balance in today’s increasingly stressful existence? The Mindfulness App is a tool for increasing your awareness in life. It helps you with the most difficult aspect of Mindfulness practice – namely to remember to be mindful.

1Giant Mind: Meditation is no longer a fringe idea or some hippie hocus pocus. Doctors, CEOs, celebrities, athletes, corporations, schools, and even the military are meditating. Meditating regularly has a real and lasting positive impact on our lives. Not only does it reduce stress and anxiety and the risk of stress related mental illness and disease, it also increases our sense of calm, improves our health, and makes us happier.

The Now Mindfulness Appis an app to help you retrain your mind to live more fully in the moment. The Now accomplishes this using a technique called continuous mindfulness training. The process works by using periodic cues, in this case, free iPhone push notifications with an audible chime and relevant message, to remind you to be fully focused on the present. The ultimate goal being to make mindfulness essentially continuous.

MEDICATION MANAGEMENT

Pillboxie: This pill reminder app provides useful reminders to take medication.

MOOD AND HEALTH MONITORS

Catch It: To help users better understand their moods through use of an ongoing diary and is designed to illustrate some of the key principles of psychological approaches to mental health and well-being, specifically Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Headgear: We are currently conducting a trial on our newly developed app Headgear. Headgear was developed by researchers at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW, and Sydney University in partnership with beyondblue and with funds from the Movember Foundation.

Juice: Connect the dots between your routine and your energy by tracking them daily. Track the basics, or add new assessments to help you discover the habits that impact your energy most. Kick start new healthy habits and take small steps to improve your energy for the long run.

Optimism: They are self-tracking applications, designed to help you increase your understanding of all the things that affect your mental health. The apps act as a springboard to detect patterns in your health and develop strategies to proactively manage depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health conditions.

LifeCharge: Use Life Charge to easily track the positive and negative events in your life today, this week, or this year. Once you know what is making you happy or unhappy, you can learn from the past, and repeat the positives and work to prevent the negatives.

Mindgauge: allows you to easily and quickly measure and track your wellbeing. With simple research-based quizzes and tools, Mindgauge helps you track your mental health, mood and lifestyle so you can move towards a healthier happier you.

Snapshot: a mobile app designed by the Black Dog Institute that allows Australian adults to confidentially measure, monitor and manage factors that may influence depression and anxiety, using evidence based feedback from The Black Dog Institute. Snapshot also provides options to engage online and offline professional mental health services within Australia.

SELF-HARM

Beyond NowIf you or someone close to you is experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, safety planning can help you get through the tough moments. It involves creating a structured plan that you work through when you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, feelings, distress or crisis.

Safety Plan: A safety plan is a list of coping strategies and social supports that people can use when they are in a suicidal crisis or very distressed. It helps them not act on their suicidal feelings. The plan is brief, is in the individuals’ own words, and is easy to read. It is an emergency plan for suicide crises.

OPERATION REACH OUT is designed to: Encourage people to reach out for help when they are having suicidal thoughts. Help those who are concerned about family members, spouses, or fellow service members who may be suicidal.
Provide activities to help people who are depressed stay connected to others.

VETERENS

High Res: can assist serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel and their families to manage the daily stresses of military life, deployment, transition to civilian life and life post-service. Test your physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural reactions to stress and adjust your response in real time by using the stress management tools in the app. Optimise your performance and build your psychological resilience and mental fitness with regular resilience training.
Operation Life: Designed to help current and former serving ADF personnel manage suicidal thoughts with the support of a clinician.

SPECIFICALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The Toolbox:  The Toolbox is a collection of health and wellbeing apps endorsed by professionals and reviewed by people under 25.

SuperBetter: A remarkable online game that supports young people to achieve health-related goals by increasing resilience.

Appreciate: Appreciate a mate and send a compliment to your friends using the @ppreciate app.

Goalzie: Goalzie raises the stakes of goal setting one challenge at a time. Select a mate, a challenge, and a fun consequence if they don’t complete it before time runs out. It’s the truth or dare of goal setting. Everything is easier with help.

Music eScape App: A clever and creative new iPhone app is being developed that allows users to customise their music playlist based on their mood, and then map desired improvements of their state of mind.

The Check-In App: A new mobile app for young people to check-in on friends and to start conversations. Checking-in about how a friend is feeling can make a real difference, but knowing the right thing to say or do can be tough. The app guides young people in how to ask, how to listen, and how to help.

Ray’s Night Out: Take Ray the Red Panda for a night out! Buy him drinks and food, make him dance and flirt and play bar trivia. Collect good vibe points to unlock rewards and take selfies. But take good care of Ray, don’t let him cross his ‘stupid line’ for drinking – you know – the point where a good night out turns bad. Most of all have fun while you learn to identify your own ‘stupid line’ for drinking.

Recharge: Recharge is an app which offers a personalised 6 week program that’s focused on improving mood, energy and wellbeing by putting in place good sleep/wake patterns.

ReachOut Breathe: helps you reduce the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety by slowing down your heart rate with your mobile phone (iOS) or Apple Watch.
Life Charge: is a mobile phone app for quickly and easily capturing the positive and the negative experiences you have in every day, and tracking how your thinking changes over time.
ReachOut WorryTime: mobile app that gives you a place to store your worries, and alerts you when it’s time to think about them. When a worry no longer matters to you, you can ditch it and move on.
Reahout Orb (ipad only): ReachOut Orb is an innovative and engaging ‘serious’ game designed for use in Year 9 and 10 classrooms – mapped to the Australian HPE and NSW PDHPE Curriculums and General Capabilities – to improve students’ understanding of key factors and skills that contribute to improved mental fitness and wellbeing.
Breakup Shakeup: Helps young people manage distress and improve their wellbeing during a romantic relationship breakup. Provides easy things to do to help cope after a breakup.

In Hand: Using a traffic light system, In Hand acts as a digital friend to help you in times of stress or low mood. Taking you through different activities depending on how you’re feeling, In Hand aims to focus you on where you’re at and bring back the balance. Made by young people for young people!

APP’S IN DEVELOPMENT

ibobbly:The Black Dog Institute is trialing a new app for indigenous communities, said to be the first in the world to use evidence-based suicide prevention methods, to try to save lives.

FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO USE

3D Brain: Check out our interactive brain map that allows users to rotate the brain in three-dimensional space. Individual maps of 29 structures include information on brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research. Ideal for students, researchers, and educators in psychology and biology.