5 Mental Health Apps You Need on Your Phone

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You’re allowed to not feel strong, brave or loud enough on your bad days, and that is where these invaluable forward thinking apps come into handy.


Words by Eleana Davidson

There’s no denying that there are some days, more than others, that we need a friend. Or ten. Sometimes those friends need to be inside our heads, soothing and taming the demons that can, on the worst days, paralyse us.

Not everyday are we strong enough, brave enough or loud enough to open the channels of conversations to our mothers, sisters or GPs and in today’s world that has to be okay. Feeling alone is not a failure on your behalf. You’re not ‘too weak’ to seek help in loved ones. Not for a minute is that a weakness of you. You’re allowed to not feel strong, brave or loud enough on your bad days, and that is where these invaluable forward thinking apps come into handy.

In the twenty first century, we must utilise what this social media centric world can offer us. God, we accept the pain and turmoil it forces upon us, so we must accept the fruits that exist too. The apps below allow you to feel timid, shy and exhausted whenever you want, all while never feeling alone. You never should. To those of us struggling with our mental wellness, allow these apps to help you centralise your breathing, organise your terrifying thoughts, and catalogue your tsunamis of attacks.

There’s no denying that there are some days, more than others, that we need a friend. Or ten.


Calm

Free / Offers In-App Purchases

Calm is very quickly becoming a go-to companion for many anxiety and panic attack sufferers, full of guided breathing practices, meditation and recommended sleep routines. This app has something whether mindfulness is a staple in your daily diet, or you need a pocket friend counting breathes with you on the bathroom floor, trying to avoid that looming panic attack.


Daylio

Free / Offers In-App Purchases

Sometimes it’s healthy to keep a diary of when your last panic attack was or the last time you had a dishibitating bout of depression. With Daylio, you can keep a diary of your mental health without ever having to write a single line. It’s a savvy tool to understand your habits and moods, matching them up to specific events or circumstances. On a side note, it’s also quite lovely to see for the last 8 days you’ve been smiling, and you’re coping with life like a boss.


Headspace

Free / Offers In-App Purchases

I don't know about you, but meditation and mindfulness are words that are damn right intimidating. Headspace gives you all the tips, tricks and guidance that you’d need to inject a little tranquility into your day which for some people, is all you need to be able to roll with the punches.


Pacifica

Free / Offers In-App Purchases

With the use of methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mood tracking, guided meditation and relaxation and Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Pacifica is an excellent tool to break those damaging and distracting thought processes. Teaching you a very valuable lesson in how best to control and understand your thoughts and moods, it’s a pocket size community of supporters. With it’s integrated calendar, you can also set daily targets, goals and challenges so that you can begin to tackle your depression and/or anxiety one small task at a time.


MY3

Free

MY3 is revolutionary in the sense that it’s goal is to teach loved ones and users to pick up on suicidal patterns and actions. While suicide and depression looks different in everyone, this powerful apps aids people to recognising warning signs in others and importantly themselves as well. MY3 builds a support network for its users too by asking the individual to chose three people in their life that they are comfortable to reach out to. Now reaching out might not always be feasible, so coping strategies and safety plans are developed within this app too so that helping yourself in a powerful bout of depression can be a whole lot easier. This app may not be for everyone, but it’s a source of education, in a very uneducated field, and for that it had to be added to the list.

Now, these apps aren’t sat here to be shown as solutions, quick fixes or life-savers. Instead they are just 5 very clever little friends that can be kept tucked away in your pocket. They are for when you need a little more help in riding the wave of anxiety, depression or any other mental illness. Everyone responds, views and reacts to mental illnesses differently, but these apps could be the perfect tool that helps you. You really are never alone, and if anything I hope these apps can remind you of that.