Mental health apps have made therapeutic techniques more accessible, portable and cost-effective. Although digital tools shouldn't be seen as a substitute for traditional therapy, these apps can help you manage any issues you may be having while allowing for privacy and confidentiality.
Apple's 2017 App of the Year award winner, Calm, offers guided meditations, Sleep Stories and breathing programs. Sessions are all under 25 minutes, with topics ranging from self-esteem and relationships to tools for practicing mindfulness at work. Whether you've never tried meditation before or regularly practice, you're likely to find a Calm program that's right for you. Learn the life‐changing skill of meditation.
Happify helps you conquer negative thoughts, cope better with stress, build self‐confidence, fuel career success and practice mindfulness through meditation. Split into tracks of engaging games, activity suggestions, gratitude prompts and bite‐size quizzes, Happify guides you to seeing more positive aspects of daily life.
CBT Thought Diary
Using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a technique centered around changing feelings by identifying negative and distorted thinking patterns, CBT Thought Diary lets you document emotions, analyze flaws in your thinking and re‐evaluate your thoughts to gradually improve your approach to anxiety‐inducing situations. Harness the power of Cognitive‐Behavioral Therapy. —CBT Thought Diary
Self‐Help for Anxiety Management (SAM)
The Self‐Help for Anxiety Management (SAM) app helps users build their own Anxiety Toolkit from a selection of 25 in‐app resources ranging from physical relaxation techniques to mental relaxation and health strategies. The app also has a Social Cloud feature, which enables users to share experiences with the SAM community while protecting their identities.
What's Up? uses both CBT and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a technique that helps you acknowledge life's difficulties to enable you to cope with depression, anxiety and stress. Features include a positive and negative habit tracker to help you maintain good habits and break those that are counterproductive, a Get Grounded page containing more than 100 different questions to pinpoint what you're feeling and a Thinking Patterns page, which teaches you how to stop negative internal monologues. Change negative thought patterns —What's Up
Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, MindShift uses CBT to help change attitudes towards it. Designed specifically for teens and young adults, the app has tools to tackle sleep problems, intense emotions, perfectionism, social anxiety and more.