Go to your Smartphone “store” and search for and down load some of these great mental health resources. My apologies for being iphone focused. Many of these apps are available on Android as well. Most of these apps are free:
Panic, 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.
Clear Fear: The fear of threat, or anxiety, is like a strong gust of wind. It drags you in and makes you want to fight it or run away. Instead, face your fear with the free Clear Fear app and learn to reduce the physical responses to threat as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions.
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: SAM 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.
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 App: Introducing 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.
Beat Panic: The Beat Panic app takes you through a series of flash cards designed in soothing colours and the text assists you in overcoming the panic attack in a gentle calm manner. It has been designed by someone who has lived with panic for many years and understands how frightening these attacks are.
Pause: a “relaxation and meditation experience” aimed at combating stress and the kind of scatterbrained thinking our multi-tasking, multi-device always-on existences risks encouraging.
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!
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.
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.
I Am Sober: What if you could…Forgive yourself and let go of past mistakes. Have the courage to accept who you are. Have the respect of your friends, family, and yourself. I Am Sober is an app that helps you create a life you no longer want to escape from.
Daybreak: Daybreak is an online program that helps you change your relationship with alcohol through a supportive community, habit-change experiments, and one-on-one chat with health coaches.
GOAL SETTING AND MOTIVATION
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.
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)
Insight Timer: Home to more than 4,750,000 meditators, Insight Timer is rated
as the top free meditation app on the Android and iOS stores.
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.
Stop, Breath and Think: Check in with how your’re feeling, and try short activities tuned to your emotions.
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).
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.
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.
Moodpath: If you’re struggling with depression or anxiety, Moodpath is the leading mental health app to guide you toward emotional well-being.
eMoods Bipolar Mood Tracker: Managing your mood just became easier and more effective! eMoods is a private and easy to use mood tracker and diary for journaling, graphing, reporting, and managing symptoms related to Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, and other mood disorders. Start tracking, notice your triggers, and take control of your mood and other symptoms!
Lovesmart: Ever wondered what the secret is to a great relationship? What are others doing right that you are not? How can you improve your own partnership or find a partner who is truly compatible with you? The app does this through a series of simple tests backed by decades of rigorous scientific research on the psychology of love and human relationships, including brain-imaging studies. The tests are scored and accompanied by thorough explanations and practical information on ways to improve your relationship in each category.
SUICIDAL THINKING AND SELF-HARM
Beyond Now: If 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.
Provide activities to help people who are depressed stay connected to others.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.