5 Smartphone Apps for Better Mental Health

Not everyone can afford to see a counselor, therapist or psychiatrist for their mental health issues, and fortunately, mental health apps are the next best thing. Not only are mental health apps an inexpensive form of therapy, but they’re easy to access at any time – day or night. 

Many smartphone apps have been designed to help users de-stress, control breathing, improve mood, and calm down during a difficult life event. Plus, most mental health apps are free to download or are available at a small fee. However, even the paid apps are an affordable alternative to paying for costly therapy sessions. And if you’re like me, the thought of even talking to a therapist about your anxiety gives you even more anxiety! 

If you’re looking for a mental health app to help you cope with issues such as stress, anxiety or depression, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our 5 mental health app suggestions below! 

 

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Anxiety Release Based on EMDR

Before we talk about the Anxiety Release Based on EMDR app, lets talk about EMDR a bit. First, EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, a psychotherapy designed to alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress or traumatic memories. According to Psych Central, EMDR has been proven to treat symptoms associated with traumas such as post-traumatic stress, physical or sexual assault, the death of a loved one, or traumatic accidents. Additionally, EMDR may help to improve concentration, sleep, and reduce incidents of nightmares or traumatic flashbacks. Since post-traumatic stress is often associated with other issues such as fatigue, pain and gastrointestinal distress, EMDR may also help to reduce these symptoms as well.

Not all therapists offer EMDR, so it’s important to find a therapist who specialist in EMDR therapy if you’re interested in giving it a try. Alternately, the Anxiety Release Based on EMDR app ($4.99 on Android and iPhone devices) works similarly. The app includes one brain training session, two guided anxiety management sessions, one bilateral stimulation session, one safe place exercise and a progress log. However, individuals with severe psychological trauma should consult with a medical professional before trying for EMDR for the first time. 

Headspace

Learning to meditate is a big part of managing stress, anxiety, and depression. Daily meditation is scientifically proven to help individuals focus more, sleep better, and stress and worry less. Plus, daily meditation can even help people to feel happier and healthier. With the free Headspace mental health app for Android or iPhones, users learn how to meditate with daily, ten-minute meditation sessions. Advanced features are also available and users can sign up for a free 10-day trial, or sign up for monthly, annual or lifetime memberships. 

Happify

According to a recent study published by the Royal Society for Public Health, Instagram and Snapchat are two of the worst smartphone apps when it comes to the mental health of young people. However, apps such as Happify have the opposite effect on users. Instead of causing you to feel down and depressed, Happify uses games and activities to boost happiness, gratitude, and emotions. Plus, users can choose to participate in a user study to receive freebies like Amazon gift cards! Download the app for free on Android or iPhones

Breathe2Relax

Sometimes, we just need a simple reminder to slow down and breathe. Even individuals who regularly talk with a therapist can’t bring their therapist along with them wherever they go. However, the Breathe2Relax mental health app is the next best thing to having a therapist. This portable stress management tool helps users to practice deep diaphragmatic breathing, especially during stressful fight-or-flight situations. The app is available for Android and iPhones

Panic Relief

If you suffer from panic attacks, you know terrifying they can be. But what if you found out that you didn’t have to suffer alone? Thanks to the Panic Relief app created by Cognitive Behavioral Therapist Marianne Geoffroy, PhD, users can quickly ease the discomfort of panic attacks. With the Panic Relief mental health app for the iPhone and Android devices, users receive guided relief during panic attacks, whether the attack strikes in a public location such as a grocery store or airplane, or while visiting a dentist or attending a holiday get-together. 

Have you tried any of these 5 smartphone apps? If not, what are your favorite mental health apps? Leave us a comment below and let us know which mental health apps you’ve used and how they have benefited you and your loved ones. 

Alex Beane

Alex is a freelance writer who holds a BA in Professional and Creative Writing. She has a strong interest in veganism, holistic health, and emotional and physical wellbeing. When she isn’t reading and writing about health and wellness, Alex is trying new plant based recipes in the kitchen or can be found volunteering with a Minneapolis-based animal rights organization or local rabbit rescue. Find Alex on LinkedIn or view her writing portfolio.