There is no substitute for the assistance of a trained mental health professional in some situations. In other scenarios, however, a mental health app may provide all the insight and encouragement a person needs. At our mental health center, we encourage people to take advantage of the full spectrum of mental health treatments as needed, from regular in-person counseling sessions to free or low-cost mobile apps.
There’s an App for That
The number of digital tools that can be used to supplement professional therapy is growing rapidly. For people who can’t get in to see a counselor as often as they would like to, these apps can serve as a bridge between sessions. While no one is predicting that mental health apps will ever be sophisticated enough to empower the kind of results that come from highly-personalized sessions with a therapist, they are improving with each iteration.
Here are just a few of the low-cost or free apps that may be helpful for people with mild mental and emotional health challenges:
Based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), MoodKit offers more than 200 unique mood improvement activities. The app was created by two clinical psychologists, and helps users generate self-awareness and practice more effective self-care.
This app is designed to help users break bad habits and beat addiction. From alcohol and drugs to cigarettes, Quit That! makes it easy to monitor and track your progress toward being addiction-free.
What are the words you use most often when describing your mood in the app’s journal? Stigma uses a “word cloud” to help you visualize your emotional landscape as an aid in navigating it more successfully.
Headspace is a popular app that provides guided meditation instruction. There are hundreds of lessons covering everything from basic techniques to specific meditations designed to help with stress, sleep issues, focus and much more.
Created for use by teens and young adults, Mind Shift doesn’t encourage users to avoid anxious thoughts and feelings, but instead to change the way they look at anxiety. Its goal is to encourage people to take charge of their lives and to make it through the tough periods that inevitably arise.
Rise Up and Recover
Designed for people who are recovering from an eating disorder, this app enables users to log the meals they eat and how they feel in general, with an option for generating a printable PDF of their progress. It also provides quick coping skills for users who are feeling the urge to skip a meal or binge eat.
These are just a sampling of the long (and growing) list of mental health apps available. If you are struggling with a particular mental or emotional health challenge, it may be beneficial to search the app store on your mobile device to see if there is a digital tool that can help.
A Mental Health Center That’s Here When You Need More Than an App
Apps are great for encouraging and enabling self-care. However, some mental or emotional health challenges reach a level where you need guidance from a trained professional. Community Reach Center is a mental health center staffed by skilled and experienced counselors who can provide the help you need to bring your life back into balance. Visit communityreachcenter.org or call us at 303-853-3500 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information about our services. We have centers in the northside Denver metro area of Adams County including the cities of Thornton, Westminster, Northglenn, Commerce City and Brighton.