When it comes to our mental health or the mental health of our loved ones, cellphones can be a particularly helpful resource. While the basic functions of a Smart Phone, such as calling and texting, can help individuals reach out and can help loved ones check in, their advantages go far beyond that. One of the main benefits of using an app is that they are easily accessible and can provide support at the touch of the finger. There are plenty of apps available to help with various mental health concerns and we have decided that it’s time to fill you in on a few of our favourites.  

Below is is a list of apps that can be downloaded on your apple or android device:

ANXIETY

*Android

Self-help Anxiety Management

This app provides a range of self-help methods that work to reduce anxiety. Ways to challenge anxiety provoking thoughts are explained, and ways to incorporate relaxation techniques to reduce physical symptoms of anxiety are reviewed.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uwe.myoxygen&hl=en

Stop Panic & Anxiety Self-Help

This app will assist you in managing symptoms of panic, and will help you develop skills to challenge fearful thinking.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.excelatlife.panic&hl=en

*Apple

Self-help Anxiety Management

This app provides a range of self-help methods that work to reduce anxiety. Ways to challenge anxiety provoking thoughts are explained, and ways to incorporate relaxation techniques to reduce physical symptoms of anxiety are reviewed.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/self-help-for-anxiety-management/id666767947?mt=8

Anxiety Reliever

This app provides techniques to help manage anxiety, including calming audio sessions, evaluating thinking patterns, identifying triggers and tracking thoughts and improvements.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/anxiety-reliever-stress-anxiety/id1029839288?mt=8

Mindshift

This app will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. This app includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety, as well as specific tools to tackle: Making Sleep Count, Riding out Intense Emotions, Test Anxiety, Perfectionism, Social Anxiety, Performance Anxiety, Worry, and Panic.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/mindshift/id634684825?mt=8

Breathe2Relax

Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management. Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool, or can be used in tandem with clinical care directed by a healthcare worker.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/breathe2relax/id425720246?mt=8

RELAXATION

*Android

HeadSpace

This app will review meditation and mindfulness exercises that will help reduce feelings of stress.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.getsomeheadspace.android&hl=en

*Apple

HeadSpace

This app will review meditation and mindfulness exercises that will help reduce feelings of stress.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/headspace-meditation-techniques/id493145008?mt=8

OMG. I Can Meditate!

This app provides guided meditations that help to reduce feelings of stress and promote relaxation.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/omg.-i-can-meditate-!-meditation/id920161006?mt=8

The Mindfulness App

Start your journey to a more relaxed and healthier state of mind with The Mindfulness App. Whether you are just starting out or experienced in meditation, The Mindfulness App will help you to become more present in your daily life.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mindfulness-app-guided-silent/id417071430?mt=8

Relax and Rest Guided Meditations

Three meditations of varying lengths allow you to relax deeply regardless of how much time you have available. Written Meditation Tips help support your experience with the guided meditations. Each meditation can be listened to with or without music or nature sounds, and you can choose how long to listen to the music or nature sounds after the guided meditation finishes. Separate volume controls not only allow you to adjust the mix of voice and sounds to suit your preference, but give you the added option of listening to the music or nature sounds alone.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/relax-rest-guided-meditations/id354176883?mt=8

DEPRESSION

*Android

MoodTools- Depression Aid  

This app uses the concept of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help you challenge the inaccurate thoughts which may be playing a role in your depression. The app also suggests helpful behaviors that may work to reduce the intensity of your distressing emotions.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moodtools.moodtools&hl=en

Depression CBT Self-Help Guide

This app uses the concept of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help you challenge the inaccurate thoughts which may be playing a role in your depression. The app also suggests helpful behaviors that may work to reduce the intensity of your distressing emotions.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.excelatlife.depression&hl=en

*Apple

MoodTools- Depression Aid  

This app uses the concept of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help you challenge the inaccurate thoughts which may be playing a role in your depression. The app also suggests helpful behaviors that may work to reduce the intensity of your distressing emotions.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/moodtools-depression-aid/id1012822112?mt=8

Pacifica- Anxiety, Stress & Depression relief

This app uses the concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to identify, track, and break the cycle of negative and distressing thoughts. This app also uses concepts of Mindfulness to promote relaxation.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/pacifica-anxiety-stress-depression/id922968861?mt=8

SLEEP HYGIENE

*Android

CBT-i Coach 

This app uses the theory behind Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. It teaches users to develop positive sleep routines, and to improve sleep environments. It also reviews strategies proven to improve sleep and reduce symptoms of insomnia.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.t2.cbti&hl=en

Best Sleep Hygiene

This app allows you to track your current sleep hygiene habits, and generates a list of additional sleep hygiene recommendations that can be added to your routine to increase quality sleep.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.and.dev.sleephygeine&hl=en

*Apple

CBT-i Coach

This app uses the theory behind Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. It teaches users to develop positive sleep routines, and to improve sleep environments. It also reviews strategies proven to improve sleep and reduce symptoms of insomnia.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/cbt-i-coach/id655918660?mt=8

Best Sleep Hygiene

This app allows you to track your current sleep hygiene habits, and generates a list of additional sleep hygiene recommendations that can be added to your routine to increase quality sleep.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/best-sleep-hygiene/id804014317?mt=8

Sleep

If you are looking for an app just to make you relax while lying down on your bed or on the couch, then Sleep is the app for you. There are over one hundred different sounds and music ranging from white noise to peaceful music, lullabies, and binaural beats. Simple, sleep well and feel better.

https://itunes.apple.com/app/sleep/id387201727?ign-mpt=uo%3D5

PTSD

*Android

PTSD Coach Canada

This app provides information about PTSD, allows you to track symptoms, and suggests easy-to-use tools to help you handle stress symptoms.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.gc.veterans.ptsd.ptsdcoach&hl=en

*Apple

PTSD Coach Canada

This app provides information about PTSD, allows you to track symptoms, and suggests easy-to-use tools to help you handle stress symptoms.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/ptsd-coach-canada/id616851357?mt=8

THOUGHT RECORD

*Android

CBT Thought Record Diary

Do you feel like you’re stressed, anxious, sad, frustrated, or unmotivated? The centerpiece of cognitive-behavioral therapy is changing your emotions by identifying negative and distorted thinking patterns. With a thought diary, you can document your negative emotions, analyze flaws in your thinking, and reevaluate your thoughts. It may even help you recognize ways to deal with your negative behaviors and emotions.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moodtools.cbtassistant.app&hl=en

*Apple

CBT Thought Record

Diary

Do you feel like you’re stressed, anxious, sad, frustrated, or unmotivated? The centerpiece of cognitive-behavioral therapy is changing your emotions by identifying negative and distorted thinking patterns. With a thought diary, you can document your negative emotions, analyze flaws in your thinking, and reevaluate your thoughts. It may even help you recognize ways to deal with your negative behaviors and emotions.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/cbt-thought-record-diary/id1010391170?mt=8

HealthyMinds

Life as a student can be stressful – assignments, part-time jobs, sports, clubs, relationships, family responsibilities. Stress can take a toll on your mind, weighing you down and even making you ill, so it’s important to take action to stay healthy. That’s what HealthyMinds is all about. It is a problem-solving tool to help deal with emotions and cope with the stresses you encounter both on and off campus.  The goal: Keeping your mind healthy.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/healthyminds/id717009636?ls=1&mt=8

MoodTrack Diary

Graph your moods on the fly. Track as little or as often as you want (mood-swings? no problem!), whenever you want (at home, on the go, and even without Internet!), and look back to see your moods over weeks, months, and years to learn about yourself and live better! See what others are going through and optionally chat anonymously. Form instant friendships and support networks. Get support when you need it, and give support when you feel like it.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moodtrack-diary/id549251057?ls=1&mt=8