I tried out all the mental health apps I could find on the app store and rounded up my five favorites. If you need some accessible assistance with anxiety, stress, and mood swings, I’ve got you covered. It’s easy as pie and quick as drive-thru therapy. Scroll through my five favorites and download ASAP.
- Sibly is an app that acts as your very own in-pocket therapist, meaning quick chats whenever you need. It evaluates your stress levels and tries to get an idea of where your head’s at (which can be a bit creepy if you think too hard about it, but none of that). It will also send alerts of things you can do to help yourself. It’s pretty smart and only a tiny bit invasive. (We kid.)
- Pacifica was probably my favorite of all the apps I tried out. As someone with heaps of anxiety, I have found what helps me best relax and calm down. But Pacifica opened my mind to a whole load of other techniques that I found really worked for me. My favorite bits were the audio meditations, which just helped me to feel at ease, and the progress tracker – a tool that tracks statistics of your mental health progress by documenting how you felt every day. I’ll definitely keep using this one.
- My favorite part of Happify is the games. Keeping my mind off my negative thoughts is the best way for me to overcome anxiety, and the activities on Happify occupy my mind well.
- I think Moods is a perfect app for those teens who are just starting to feel anxious, depressed, or generally stressed out. If I had found this earlier in my mental health journey, I definitely would have benefited more from it. The app allows users to track their moods from day to day, which can be a big help if you’re trying to figure out if what you’re feeling is just normal teen stress, or if you should see a doctor.
- Depression Test has a similar feel to Moods, except it gives you a quiz and lets you track your scores from day to day. If you are currently in therapy or going through a therapeutic process with your mental health, it’s a great app to find out what is working and what might not be.
These apps are great and I applaud the makers for raising awareness of mental health disorders and making getting help as accessible as reaching in your pocket. However, if you are a teen struggling with feelings of anxiety and/or depression, talk to someone. It could be a parent or friend, but just talk to someone. If your condition is quickly worsening, don’t be afraid to consult with a doctor. You can also call 1-877-222-8387 to get information on mental health help in your area and talk to a live representative of Mental Health America. Stay well, kids.