Whether it’s a peer-support chat room or a mood-tracker, these five apps can be extremely useful tools for practicing self-care.

 

 

 

1. Moodpath

 

Moodpath asks daily questions to screen for symptoms of depression. Whether it’s been a rough week or it’s a concern about mental health, Moodpath aims to support and guide users out of the dark.

 

By using the questions to measure users’ well-being and screen for symptoms of clinical depression, the app seeks to increase users’ awareness and understanding of their thoughts and feelings.

 

After two weeks, the Moodpath provides users with an electronic document designed to aid in discussion with healthcare professionals. More than 150 psychological exercises are also provided to help further strengthen mental health in the meantime.

 

From the developer

 

Moodpath is an interactive mental health screening and improvement program that detects symptoms of depression. After answering questions concerning your emotional and physical well-being you receive a professional assessment of your mental health that you can share and discuss with your physician or therapist. Moodpath is a CE-certified medical product and does not collect any personal data.

 

FEATURES

 

– 14 day depression screening with 3 question blocks per day
– Interactive modules to understand the psychology behind your mood
– After 14 days: Professional assessment that you can share with your GP or therapist
– Statistics allow you to keep track of your mental well-being

 

BENEFITS

 

– Reduce uncertainty whether or not you suffer from a depressive episode
– Monitor your mental well-being
– Understand the psychology behind your mood
– Use Moodpath as mood journal during psychotherapy

 

ABOUT

 

Worldwide over 350 million people experience a depressive episode each year. Moodpath is designed to empower people affected, to foster self-awareness and to decrease stigma. The app was developed with scientists in the field of online therapy research and is a CE-certified medical product. It can be used by patients to support the process of psychotherapy but is made available to anyone suffering from emotional distress.

 

HOW IT WORKS

 

Moodpath will ask you 3 times a day questions concerning your emotional and physical well-being over the course of 14 days. After the screening you will receive an indication whether or not you exhibit symptoms that fall into the category of a “clinical depression” and if you are recommended to consult with a mental health professional. The information that you provide during the screening will be made available as a pdf file that you can either print out or send as e-mail to the healthcare professional of your choice. Additionally, you have access to a broad range of interactive psychoeducative modules that explain causes of depression, how you detect a depression and strategies to overcome a depression.

 

 

 

2. MY3

 

 

 

Designed for people who are depressed or suicidal, the MY3 app trains users to recognize suicide warning signs in themselves and others.

 

MY3 prompts users to choose three close contacts that they would feel comfortable contacting when feeling particularly low.

 

The app also helps users create a personal safety plan that encourages them to think through and list personal warning signs, coping strategies, and support networks.

 

From the developer

 

Stay connected to your network when you are in a time of crisis with MY3. With MY3, you define your network, and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are feeling suicidal.

 

Remember, there is hope and a life to look forward to even in your darkest moments – this app can help you get through the difficult moments.

Who are your 3? Is it your sister, your therapist, or your neighbor down the street? Download this app to ensure that your 3 are there to help you when you need them most.

• Create your support system: Simply add the contact information for those who know and care about you and want to help in your time of crisis.

• Build your safety plan toolbox: List some coping strategies, people or places that can provide some distractions or comfort.

• Store your information confidentially: We respect your privacy. Therefore, all your sensitive information is automatically stored confidentially.

• Get support at times of greatest risk: When you’re in crisis and think no hope is in sight, support is right at your fingertips any time of the day.

• Access the National Suicide Hotline 24/7: A crisis prevention specialist is available to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

MY3 was developed in partnership between the California Mental Health Services Authority and the Link2Health Solutions. Its development was funded by the voter approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63).

 

 

3. MoodTools

 

 

 

MoodTools is designed to combat negative thoughts and alleviate feelings of hopelessness through a variety of research-supported tools.

 

A thought diary is one of these useful tools. Users are encouraged to write down daily thoughts in order to analyze and identify negative thinking patterns.

 

Designed in collaboration with multiple mental health professionals, the app also provides users with a safety plan tool, self-help guidelines, informational videos, as well as a depression questionnaire designed to track severity of symptoms over time.

 

From the developer

 

If you are feeling sad, anxious, or depressed, lift your mood with MoodTools! MoodTools is designed to help you combat depression and alleviate your negative moods, aiding you on your road to recovery.

 

MoodTools contains several different research-supported tools. They include:

 

Thought Diary – Improve your mood by analyzing your thoughts and identifying negative / distorted thinking patterns based on principles from Cognitive Therapy

 

Activities – Regain your energy by performing energizing activities and tracking your mood before and after, based on Behavioral Activation Therapy

 

Safety Plan – Develop a suicide safety plan to keep you safe and utilize emergency resources during a suicidal crisis

 

Information – Read information, self-help guidelines, and find help with internet resources

 

Test – Take the PHQ-9 depression questionnaire and track your symptom severity over time

 

Video – Discover helpful YouTube videos that can improve your mood and behavior, from guided meditations to enlightening TED talks.

 

 

 

4. What’s Up

 

What’s Up is described as “an app designed to provide helpful tools for managing depression, based on principles of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and includes:

 

  • education about common thinking errors and various healthier alternatives;
  • breathing techniques for relaxation; a guided grounding exercise;
  • a log for tracking “good” and “bad” habits;
  • a personal diary for recording thoughts and rating feelings;
  • a “Catastrophe Scale” for gaining perspective on problems;
  • open forums for discussion with other users;
  • and a selection of positive quotes and other motivational material.

 

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy, What’s Up uses a positive and negative habit tracker to help users keep up with good habits and ditch those that are counterproductive.

 

While the “Get Grounded” page contains more than 100 different questions designed to help users pinpoint specific feelings, the “Thinking Patterns” page helps users overcome these negative inner monologues.

 

 

 

5. Headspace

 

The Headspace app is aimed at helping users maintain relaxation and mindfulness during busy schedules, specifically through guided meditations.

 

Through meditation techniques, Headspace provides a simple way to reframe stress. For more serious conditions, the app contains “SOS sessions” to manage moments of panic or severe anxiety.

 

From the developer

 

Headspace is the simple way to reframe stress. Sleep trouble? Meditation creates the ideal conditions for a good night’s rest. Relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance to your life in just a few minutes a day.

 

Get more from your day through mindfulness, be less distracted and reactive, and focus on the things that matter most to you. Our Basics course is completely free and will teach you the fundamental techniques of meditation and mindfulness. After that, by subscription, gain access to the full Headspace meditation library. Train your mind with guided meditations on everything from stress to sleep, and anxiety to relationships. Bring more awareness to daily activities through on-the-go exercises, and use SOS sessions to skillfully manage moments of panic or anxiety. The Headspace animation library is full of tips and helpful wisdom to keep your practice on track, and you can even add friends to keep each other motivated.

 

Features:

 

-Hundreds of guided meditations on subjects like sleep, focus and exercise
– Everyday Headspace: daily meditations on a new topic each day
– “Mindful Moments” to keep you present throughout the day
– 2-3 minute “mini meditations” for a quick mental reset
– “SOS” sessions for moments of panic, anxiety and stress
– Sleep Sounds to help you drift off
– Headspace animations to teach you new skills and answer your mindfulness questions
– Track your progress and time spent meditating
– Add Mindful Minutes within Apple Health
– Buddy up and add your friends to meditate with you
– Guided meditations and mindfulness exercises for Kids with sessions on Kindness, Calm, and Focus
– Training led by former monk and renowned mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe

 

Download the one meditation app everybody needs. Then just sit back, relax and breathe.

 

SUBSCRIPTION PRICING AND TERMS

 

Headspace offers two auto-renewing subscription options:
$12.99 per month
$94.99 per year

 

These prices are for United States customers. Pricing in other countries may vary and actual charges may be converted to your local currency depending on the country of residence.

 

Your Headspace subscription will automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. You can go to your iTunes Account settings to manage your subscription and turn off auto-renew. Your iTunes Account will be charged when the purchase is confirmed.

 

Headspace also offers a Forever subscription which is paid for by a one-off upfront payment of $399.99 with unlimited access to the Headspace Collection forever.

 

Headspace integrates with the Apple Health app.

 

 

 

6. SuperBetter

 

 

 

A game focused on increasing resiliency, strength, and optimism, SuperBetter helps relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

 

When people played SuperBetter for 30 days, their moods improved, symptoms decreased, and self-belief in achieving goals increased, according to a study by the University of Pennsylvania.

 

SuperBetter is designed to help users adopt new habits, strengthen relationships, complete meaningful projects, and achieve lifelong goals.

 

From the developer

 

Live Gamefully. Be Stronger. Proven results in just 10 minutes a day.

SuperBetter was created by Jane McGonigal, a world-renowned designer of games to improve real lives & solve real problems.

 

Here are reasons people around the world are using SuperBetter:

 

– To adopt a new habit, develop a talent, learn or improve a skill, strengthen a relationship, make a physical or athletic breakthrough, complete a meaningful project, or pursue a lifelong dream.

 

– To beat depression, overcome anxiety, cope with chronic illness or chronic pain, heal from physical injury, or recover from post-traumatic stress.

 

– To overcome a life challenge like finding a new job, surviving divorce, dealing with a career or school setback, or grieving the loss of a loved one.

 

– To help others: therapists recommend SuperBetter to their patients; university professors incorporate SuperBetter into their student’s coursework; and HR professionals design SuperBetter into their employee wellness incentive programs.

 

The Science Behind SuperBetter

 

SuperBetter is validated in two clinical studies:

 

• A randomized controlled study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that playing SuperBetter for 30 days significantly reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, and increases optimism, social support, and player’s belief in their own ability to succeed and achieve their goals. They also found that SuperBetter users were significantly happier and more satisfied with their lives.

 

• A clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health and conducted at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital found that using SuperBetter improves mood, decreases anxiety and suffering, and strengthens family relationships during rehabilitation and recovery.

 

Features

 

• The SuperBetter app is an everyday coach for gameful living
• Identify your Epic Win and create your Secret Identity
• Recruit Allies to support your journey
• Choose pre-loaded experiences (PowerPacks) or design your own adventures
• Complete Quests, activate PowerUps and battle Bad Guys each day
• Track your resilience scores – mental, emotional, social & physical