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5 Mental Health Apps for your Phone
Mental Health issues affect 1.2m people in the UK every year, but there are hundreds of useful tools and options to help you cope. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we put together a short list of 5 of our favourite smartphone apps, which give support and help to those suffering with mental health problems.
What’s Up? is a free app offering an array of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy methods, which can help you cope with anxiety, stress, anger, depression and many more. The app is very user friendly with easy-to-follow methods meaning you can get the help you need quickly.
Calm Harm is an incredibly useful app for people at risk of self-harming. It presents the user with tasks which can help them to resist the urge to self-harm. These tasks are split into four different categories: ‘Express’ allows you to let your feelings out in an alternative way; ‘Comfort’ helps to care rather than harm; ‘Distract’ teaches self-control and ‘Release’ gives ideas of safe alternatives to self-injury. The app is entirely confidential and password protected.
If your worries are keeping you awake at night, Relax Melodies could help you wind down and switch off. The relaxation and sleep app lets you choose melodies and sounds that you like and allows you to then combine them to make a calming mix.
Optimism is an app for depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders where you can record your recovery progress on a chart and also track your mood in a personal journal. The app provides tools so that you can recognise early warning signs of a decline or lapse in your mental health and learn to recognise the “triggers” of a decline in your mental health and wellbeing.
Happy Healthy is an app which allows you to self-track your mood in relation to your health and fitness, whilst offering you expert advice. You can rate your happiness on their scale, LENS (Lifestyle, Exercise, Nutrition and Sleep), which will indicate which areas are affecting your mood. You also have the option of sharing your progress with a health professional.
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