Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. So it’s extremely important that we come together to start conversations around the topic.
Nowadays, almost everyone owns a smartphone. We use apps to assist with numerous aspects of our everyday life, from tracking your sleep to catching up on your favourite TV show. But, have you ever thought about using an app to help with your mental wellbeing? Although they are not a replacement for actual health care, the following apps have supported many users to cope with their general wellbeing or for help through difficult times.
Whether you are searching for a method to cope with stress or would just like a way to calm your mind, we have rounded up the best mental health and wellbeing apps. Check them out below!
Headspace has one mission: to improve the health and happiness of the world. The app makes meditation accessible to everyone, through a series of guided meditations. It features hundreds of themed sessions on everything from stress and sleep, to focus and anxiety. The team at Headspace see meditation as both a practice rooted in ancient history combined with a topic of modern science. ‘Meditation has been scientifically proven to help alleviate stress after just eight weeks of regular practice.’
Best bit: Headspace is a personal meditation guide right in your pocket, anytime, anywhere. Best of all, it’s free to download.
Noisli is an app dedicated to help boost your productivity, through sounds. Noisli lets you mix different sounds together to create your perfect environment. Ranging from falling rain and stormy skies to crackling fires and blowing autumn leaves, there’s a sound for everyone. The app allows you to block out annoying noises, get quickly into the zone and reduce levels of stress. The high-quality sounds and colour changing background are said to bring health benefits to help with focusing, relieve anxiety or to just relax.
Best bit: The fantastic background noise provided by Noisli can help you to keep calm or focussed while working. P.S It’s completely free!
WellMind is your free NHS mental health and wellbeing app created to help you with stress, anxiety and depression. The app is feature-packed with different tips and tools to improve your mental health and boost your wellbeing. WellMind allows you to record and monitor your mood, remind yourself of daily achievements and help with support through a series of self-help guides and advice.
Best bit: The app features plenty of tips and tools to help with your mental wellbeing. Also, it’s free to use!
Created by the mental health charity, Mind, Elefriends is a supportive online community where users can just be themselves. ‘We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard.’ The app allows you to post updates and catch up with the community feed, read and write posts offline, share photos and just offer support through tough times.
Best bit: Elefriends is a safe place to share how you are feeling with a community and listen to others. It’s free to use but you must be 17 or over.
Calm is a leading app for meditation and sleep. Named the 2017 iPhone ass of the year by Apple, Calm’s mission is to make the world happier and healthier through guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programs, masterclasses, and relaxing music. Whether you want to learn the life-changing skill of meditation or to wake up feeling refreshed, this app offers a variety of features to support your mental wellbeing. Eliminating distraction, Calm can help you to relax and take a necessary step back.
Best bit: Calm can help you to experience better sleep, lower stress levels and less anxiety through a series of features.
What’s Up? is a fantastic free app that utilises some of the best CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help you cope with depression, anxiety, anger, stress and more. A modern, simple design, ensures the app is easy-to-use and allows you to find the help you need in seconds. What’s Up? features a positive and negative habit tracker, a place to set goals, breathing techniques and positive quotes.
Best bit: What’s Up? is featured-packed with numerous techniques and support to help you increase your mood and wellbeing. Again, it’s free!
Do you or someone you know need urgent help?
If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, or you’re worried about someone you know – help is available. You’re not alone; talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery.