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The use of mobile and computer apps which aid in mental health promotion, awareness and support is growing exponentially as mental health professionals and organisations increasingly realise the usefulness of this popular technology as a tool to enhance wellbeing.
The apps can be helpful as a way to engage with individuals as most people have their phones close to hand at most times. Read below to learn more about some of the apps available to improve mental health. These are recommended by Beyond Blue, the Australian Psychological Society, Headspace and Black Dog Institute.
Happify: This is an evidence-based solutions application for better emotional health and wellbeing. It brings you effective tools and programs to help you take control of your feelings and thoughts. The proven techniques are developed by leading scientists and experts in the fields of positive psychology, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Check In: this app was designed by Beyond Blue in consultation with young people to help take the fear out of having a conversation with a friend who might be struggling. This is often not an easy conversation to have. The app helps to provide building blocks for how to approach someone with the aim of providing support.
Black Dog Snapshot: produced by the Black Dog Institute this mobile phone app is designed to help you to keep track of your mental wellbeing. Snapshot is a confidential, password-protected tool that enables you to measure and monitor your mental health and wellbeing. It provides general feedback and options for online and offline help-seeking services in Australia.
Smiling Mind: this app is modern meditation. The simple tool helps put a smile on your mind, anytime and anywhere. The benefits of meditation include reducing worry and stress, enjoying more energy, learning how to regulate emotions and enjoying better health and sleep.
As there are so many apps out there now on our phones it is important to pick and choose the right ones. According to the Australia Psychological Society when looking at apps to download, review the app store description; look for apps with simple, realistic and clear purpose; look for apps which have been designed with health professionals input; trial the app yourself and see if it easy to use and look for ones that are interactive and visually appealing.
Some topics you can search to find other mental health and wellbeing apps include: mental health information; problem solving; goal setting; sleep; mindfulness and mood monitoring
Take some time to download the free apps and try them out. We hope you have enjoyed following along this week and reading through the articles we have shared. Although mental health week is drawing to a close tomorrow please continue to look out for yourself and others around you every day you can.