Which mental health apps are we into right now?

From gratitude apps to mindfulness tools, many great apps are on the market to combat mental health issues. As of late, apps have become powerful tools for people to use when needing to check in with their mental wellbeing. From simple meditation offerings to cognitive therapy to virtual reality scenes to treat all kinds of psychological disorders – apps seem to be the future.

Finding the right wellness app can be a process of trial and error, so we tested a bunch of mental health apps on the market; here are the ones that we liked the most to stay calm, focused and connected.

BetterHelp offers live sessions with over 15,000 trained, experienced, and accredited counsellors treating a wide variety of areas – from depression and anxiety to family and couples therapy. The app works by connecting you with the right therapist based on a series of questions and makes it easy to change therapist if you’re not happy. You can receive therapy from BetterHelp for as short or as long as you would like.

Fabulous is a daily planner and self-care habit tracking app. It works like a coach and uses behavioural science to help people make intelligent changes and build healthy habits. The sessions are science-backed and created in collaboration with researchers and use a “gamified” experience to make goal setting and staying consistently enjoyable.

Moodfit treats mental health like physical health by allowing you to determine and track daily goals, tools & insights to reduce stress and build up the fitness of your mental health. The creators of the app believe there are many parallels between working toward physical fitness and the fitness of your mental health, like putting in consistent effort and tracking and celebrating your progress. Some features include a gratitude journal, cognitive behavioural therapy, reminders and notifications, plus much more.

The Resilience Project
This daily wellbeing app acts as a daily wellbeing journal – Each day, it asks users to identify their feelings, record moments of gratitude and practice mindfulness. The intention for the user is to develop emotional literacy, engage with life’s positive things, and be actively present. We love that its programs are designed specifically for primary & secondary school students and adults of all ages who want to improve their mental wellbeing.

ReachOut WorryTime
The app was produced in consultation with the Centre for Clinical Interventions and is based on cognitive behavioural techniques used by health and wellbeing practitioners to assist people with anxiety and stress. This clever app interrupts your repetitive thinking by setting aside your worries until later, so you don’t get caught up in them and can get on with your day. All you have to do is decide on a time, place and length of time to deal with your worries each day – and when you notice yourself worrying about something, add it to WorryTime and get on with your day. Use your WorryTime to review the worries you’ve added and ditch those that no longer concern you.

Simple Habit
A simple Habit is an excellent tool for those feeling overwhelmed or tired. Offering guided mindfulness & meditation, daily motivation, guided sleep sessions and coaching by world-renowned experts, personalised for how you live your life. Its five-minute format offers a broad range for super busy people to be able to find space for it in their schedule – making it the perfect companion for your working day.

Smiling Mind
Developed by Melbourne based Jane Martino in 2012, we have no doubt you have heard of this app. This unique tool offers multiple mindfulness and meditation programs, including brief sessions tailored to individual goals such as reducing stress, cultivating better sleep, improving attention & concentration, mindful eating and more! Their mindful meditations cater to varied users, from children to pregnant women and workplaces.

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