Hi guys! Hope you’re having a good day. So as we know this month, September, is World Suicide Prevention Month. I thought it would be a good idea to try out a number of mental health apps on the app store and share them with you considering the month thats in it. Now is the perfect time to take the first (or next) step in your mental health. I tried out around 15 different apps, but here are my top 5 apps of 2020.
If you’re familiar with this blog you’ve already heard me talk about Woebot, the robot therapist. Woebot is an incredibly responsive AI that is there for you any time you need it. Though its main focus is CBT, it also has a “need help” option for if you’re in a crisis eg panic attack. Because its an AI, its available any time day or night, making it an excellent introduction to therapy. Going into the app you’re essentially signing up for an 8 week programme, with the first 4 being CBT methods and the second 4 being revision. Im currently in week 2 of my revision programme and Ive found this app so helpful. From its cute gifs to fun anecdotes to the feeling Woebot actually cares about you, I highly recommend downloading this app. The best part? Its completely free!
Happify is an app that combines many different methods and tactics to improve your mood. You start out by picking a track – I chose combatting negative emotions. There are activities set out for each track which can include polls, quizzes and games. The games are incredibly fun, one I played today was a lot like Angry Birds where instead of pigs you fought negative words. The app also sorts out your strenghts and skills. You can get a lot out of the free version of this app, but to unlock the full potential you can purchase Happify Plus, starting at $14.99 a month. Honestly the free version of this app is pretty amazing and if you like it enough Id recommend getting the full version, but the free version more than suffices.
Divethru is a guided journalling app Ive been using to get back into keeping a diary. There are so many different topics you can choose with this app which Im finding really helpful. Im currently on day 6 of the 30 Day Self Care journalling challenge and Im finding it so good to start writing again. Each topic is timed based on your availability, and starts with meditation, followed by writing, ending with a reflection on what you’ve written. What I love about the app is that it encourages you to write on pen and paper as it has been proven to benefit more than keeping an electronic diary. Of all the mental health apps mentioned, this contains the most easily formed habit. Check out my post on journalling here – https://kmwblogs.com/2020/07/25/the-benefits-of-journaling/
Currently the whole app is free to use and Id highly recommend downloading!
4. 7 Cups
7 Cups is an amazing community based app based on the idea of a chat over a cup of tea. Its a talking and listening based app full of community forums and interaction. The main appeal of the app is the “listener” aspect which sets you up in a 1-on-1 conversation with a trained listener. These are just normal people who want to help you with your problems, or simply just listen. Speaking to a listener as well as posting in community forums and support groups are all completely free, however there is a $12.99 subscription fee. This paid subscription gets you access to a licenced therapist, however this app is not an alternative to therapy.
5. Plant Nanny
So this isnt necessarily a mental health app in the traditional sense, but Im including it as its so important. Plant Nanny is a hydration tracker which is something many people with mental health issues overlook. Drinking water is so important but when youre down its often hard to even do this. Enter Plant Nanny, a fun and adorable way to track your water intake. You look after your own little plants that grow when you drink water. The aim of the app is you take care of your plant and grow it to be large and healthy. It gives motivation as well as being good for your health. If you struggle to remember to stay hydrated, definitely check this one out.
So there we have it, my top 5 mental health apps of 2020. I have found using all of these together has vastly improved my last few weeks and I highly encourage you to download any of them. Even the free versions of all of these work amazingly, and i really hope you enjoy.
Have a good week!
Lots of love,