Mental health has been an ongoing topic of conversation in our community today. Millions of people deal with disabilities such as bipolar disorder, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder just to name a few. People who are struggling with mental health often feel like they’re alone and nobody would listen to what they are feeling. With technology advancements, app developers are creating amazing apps to help people struggling with mental health to never feel alone. I have a couple of apps to suggest in case you are going through something you cannot control.
WISDO is a brilliant app for people who are struggling with different mental health disabilities. WISDO allows you to connect to “communities” that allows you to connect to people who you may share similar experiences of mental health disabilities with. For example, the anxiety community is for people who are struggle with anxiety. Once you’ve joined the community, WISDO gives you an open door to vent about your day and how your disorder affects you. People who see your post can give you support or tips on how they personally cope with the disorder. This app also allows you to personally chat with people going through the same daily struggles you are going through; great for minority groups such as the LGBTQ+ community. You can also offer support to others when you become a “Helper” on the app. WISDO is available both on iOS and Google Play.
Visit the WISDO Youtube page to learn more about the positivity it shares to its users.
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What’s Up is mental health app that provides tools for managing depression, anxiety and more. It utilizes psychotherapy treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. The app includes a positive and negative habit tracker to help maintain your good habits, and break those that are counterproductive. There is a “Get Grounded” page, which has a variety questions to pinpoint what you’re feeling, and the “Thinking Patterns” page, which teaches how to stop negative internal monologues. What’s Up is available on both iOS and Google Play.
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Stigma allows you to journal your daily moods, which are then presented to you on a visual calendar to help you keep an eye on your wellbeing. It will help you identify when you’re undergoing a prolonged period of stress and provide helpful tips on how to cope with it. This is helpful in allowing you to keep track of your mood throughout the month. It also helps you keep track of how your cognitive thinking is structured while also allowing you to connect with others. This app is free on iOS.
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If you’re struggling with anxiety and fear, Mindshift will help you stop it from controlling your life. This is another app to help teens and adolescents cope with anxiety. I’ve recently downloaded this app on my phone and it personally helps me to stay calm before writing a midterm or final. Mindshift helps you change your way of thinking when it comes to anxiety. Rather than avoiding it, it helps you face the challenges it brings to your daily life and own it. This app includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety, as well as specific tools to tackle sleep, test anxiety, intense emotions, perfectionism, social anxiety, performance anxiety, worry, panic, and conflict. Mindshift is free on Android and iOS.
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Talkspace Online Therapy
If you can’t afford to speak to a professionals about your illness, Talkspace makes that possible. For just $25 per week, you can text message a trained professional as often as you need. They also offer services for individuals and couples, so if your significant other wants to learn how to support you, they can download the app too. Talkspace is available on iOS and Google play.
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There are many apps created to help those struggling and do not have the resources to cope with their illness. I struggle with anxiety and it always makes me feel a lot better knowing I have help right in my pocket. You can try these apps out and see many others that are available on iOs and Google Play.