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What are mental health apps?
You might already use apps to help you in many ways: to help you get from place to place, to connect and share things with friends, or to set reminders and alarms. But you may not know that there are thousands of apps out there that focus on mental health. Examples of mental health apps include mindfulness meditation apps, symptom tracking apps, therapy apps (such as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy apps) and more.
How do I use these apps, and what are the benefits?
You can use apps on their own, in your transition to face-to-face treatment, or as an add-on to therapy you are already receiving. There are a lot of great benefits to using mental health apps; they are usually low cost, and they can be used “on the go”. When you use a mental health app you don’t have to grapple with making appointments, waitlists, or insurance. On top of that, lots of apps offer creative and fun ways to manage mental health, so you might have some fun when you use them!
How do I find the right app?
One resource that can help you find a mental health app is PsyberGuide.org. PsyberGuide is a non-profit project, funded by One Mind, that provides objective reviews of mental health apps. Apps are scored on credibility, user experience, and data transparency, so you can choose an app based on the score that’s most important to you. You can use the PsyberGuide App Guide to find apps based on a combination of challenges or supports needed (e.g. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Stress & Anxiety, etc.). You can also filter based on audience (e.g. adolescents LGBTQ+), platform (Android or iPhone), and cost.
At PsyberGuide, we’re working to identify mental health apps for fringe communities, including people of color and the LGBTQ+ folks. If you have an app you’d like to see reviewed, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.