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The Top 5 Mental Health Apps: 2018 Edition

The Top 5 Mental Health Apps: 2018 Edition
The Top 5 Mental Health Apps: 2018 Edition
Wed Jan 24

Over the last few years the phrase ‘there is an app for that’ has become commonplace.

Most mobile phones have the ability to run apps, as do many tablets, and there really are apps for most things you can think of.

Mental health is indeed one area that you will find a myriad apps offering various forms of support and assistance.

Whether you have an Apple device or Android device, here are the top five mental health apps, all of which are available on both platforms.

Elefriends

Website: https://www.elefriends.org.uk

From the mental health charity Mind, this is a social media type platform designed to provide support and help you find like-minded friends.

Users must be over 17 to register.

A message board type set up, this app offers you the chance to speak your mind or ask for advice from people who have been through or are going through similar situations.

Peer support has always been a valuable tool in all areas, so it comes as no surprise that mental health is the same.

Online moderators are around to help and support and deal swiftly with any problems that might arise.

MindShift

Website: https://www.anxietybc.com/resources/mindshift-app

This app is aimed primarily at those who have anxiety based mental health issues, but may be of use to those suffering depression as well.

The target market is younger people and is structured towards dealing with and learning coping mechanisms to challenge the anxieties you feel rather than running away from them or shutting down.

It teaches relaxation and modification of thinking and has a myriad tools to help patients help themselves.

It tackles everyday anxieties head-on, things like social anxiety and conflict resolution and is perfect for teens and young people.

Catch it

Website: https://apps.beta.nhs.uk/catch-it/

This is a journal based app that encourages users to record how they are feeling so that they can see how their anxieties manifest.

In turn, this app offers ways of reframing a thought and changing it to a more positive response.

Journaling is considered an essential tool for those who suffer mental health issues, so this is a great way to start if it is something you have never tried before.

Record each moment of anxiety and provide yourself with a record to help you recover.

What’s up

Website: http://www.thewhatsupapp.com

Using cognitive behaviour therapy bases, this app is designed to help with a wide range of mental health issues from depression, to anger and stress, and anxiety.

The app has a massive variety of tool and activities including:

  • 12 common negative thinking patterns with simple methods to overcome them.
  • Ten great metaphors to help you cope with negative feelings.
  • A comprehensive diary to keep your thoughts and feelings together in, including the ability to rate feelings on a scale out of 10.

Headspace

Website: https://www.headspace.com

Designed for both adults and children with free access and the option to add a subscription for other features this app is built around the principles of mindfulness and meditation.

There is an excellent range of features on offer and users can learn how to meditate and what mindfulness actually means.

It aims to reduce stress and create a more positive response.

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