Mental Health Apps
Bearable helps explain symptoms and makes data shareable with medical professionals. Bearable provides a list of mental health symptoms for the user to identify difficult moods. The app also allows users to track medications, sleep, exercise, food intake, and social interactions. For iPhone users, this data can be synced with Apple Health. While the basic version of the app is free, a premium subscription is about $5 per month.
Calm is a mindfulness app that helps with lowering anxiety and stress and improving sleep. The app provides guided meditations, breathing programs, stretching exercises, Sleep Stories and relaxing music. Calm offers a 7-day free trial with an annual membership app for $70 per year.
Depression CBT Self-Help Guide offers CBT-based guides, exercises, and tools to help the user manage depression. The user completes a questionnaire that identifies their severity of depression and tools to improve stressful thinking. The app is free, however, it is only available for Android users.
Happify is an app that provides games and activities to reduce stress, build resilience, and overcome negative thoughts. The user can set goals on the app and track their daily progress. The basic version is free, but to gain full access, the plans start at $14.99 a month.
Headspace is a meditation app for both beginners and experienced users. It provides meditation sessions ranging from 3 to 20 minutes. It also provides courses that instruct the user to better cope with cravings, get better sleep, and improve mood. There is a monthly fee of $12.99 per month, but there is a student discount for $9.99 a year.
I Am is an app that allows users to pick daily intentions and set reminders for positive affirmations to be delivered throughout the day. The app aims to rewire users’ brains, build self-esteem, empower users, and change negative thought patterns through positive affirmations. There is a monthly fee of $2.99, or a yearly subscription of $19.99.
MindShift CBT is a free app especially designed for anxiety. It uses psychotherapy techniques to reduce anxiety and tackle other mood disorders. The features include meditations, thought journals, and habit tracking.
MoodKit provides evidence-based activities that improves mood and shifts negative thinking. It includes a journal feature to track the progress of the user. There is a one-time expense of $4.99.
MoodMission is an app that is meant to help people who are dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression. The app recommends “missions” based on how the user is feeling. The app includes missions such as breathing exercises, knitting tutorials, physical exercise, and thought-based activities. There is a one-time fee of $5.
PTSD Coach is a free app that aims to help those with PTSD receive the help they need. This app is available in a number of different languages and is available online. Both the app and website offer tools to help mitigate PTSD symptoms, change destructive behaviors, and practice self-care. The app tracks symptoms and progress, and helps users get professional support. It even provides calming sounds and landscapes to help combat stressful or panicked moments.
Recovery Record is a free app for anyone recovering from an eating disorder. The app tracks daily progress and helps achieve goals. The app also includes a food diary (to track food, thoughts, and feelings during meals), daily affirmations, coping tactics, goal setting, and more.
Sanvello is an app that provides cognitive behavioral therapy tools to help treat mild to moderate anxiety and depression. It teaches mindfulness skills and provides mood and health tracking tools that can be used to improve mental and physical health. The basic version is free while the premium version is $9.
Shine is a female-focused, self-care app that aims to help users “rest, heal and grow through difficulty.” Its focus is self-improvement, and it delivers motivational messages through text and audio. Shine also offers an inclusive community so you can connect with other members at any time. It costs $65 per year.
Stoic is a mental health tracker for journaling, meditations, mood tracking, and reflections. It aims to teach users how to be more happy and productive. The basic version is free while the premium version is $37.99 a year.
Talkspace allows the user to directly work with a mental health professional, and provides 24/7 access to treatment. There is a chatroom feature and an option to schedule video sessions with the user’s therapist. There is a monthly subscription starting at $65 a week.
Todoist is an app designed to help users get tasks in one place, organize them, and set reminders for when they need to be done. Users can organize tasks by type, in order of importance or in a custom way. Todoist also allows users to color code tasks Tasks can also be shared with family members, friends or co-workers. This tool may help people with ADHD or people with busy schedules refocus their mind on the task at hand rather than get overwhelmed by tasks piling up. While the basic version is free, a pro subscription costs about $3 per month.