By: Justin Hill
Mental health is a big issues in the U.S. Take depression, for example:
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), “depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States.” More specifically, depression effects more than 16 million in the U.S. alone – about 6.7% of the population.
And, while the best way to deal with mental health issues is to seek a professional, I want to give a glimpse into a few sites that provide a list of mental health apps so you can get assistance in your struggle with mental health issues.
I did some searching and found four useful sites that cover some interesting mental health apps. Whether you're dealing with depression or some other for of mental health issue, these sites are sure to strike your interest.
Just to point out again, these apps should not replace seeking professional help in the form of a psychologist, therapist, or psychiatrist. Just think of the mental health apps as a supplemental in your steps of management of whatever it is you are dealing with.
If you are interested to find more about the different kinds of mental health issues out there, check out ADAA.
If you already have a general idea of what mental health issue you may be dealing with (and hopefully are seeking or already in sessions with a mental-health professional), then read on.
The ADAA site has a lot of great information on mental health issues in general. This particular page, however, has an alphabetical list of mental health apps for you to check out. Accompanying the list is a “ratings key” breakdown on things like ease of use and effectiveness, which will help in your pursuit of finding the right app.
In addition to that, they also provide target audiences (e.g., men or women) and whether or not the apps are free or come with a subscription fee. Finally, they have some links at the top dealing with mental health apps in the news, as well as some other resources.
Healthline provides a list of depression apps that have been chosen specifically based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability. With 12 apps to choose from, there’s plenty of high-quality ones to choose from.
Psychiatry Advisor has a list of apps in a scrollable smart-phone icon list. As your scroll through, each item has a summary of the app, the devices it’s compatible on (iOS/Android), and if they are free or have a subscription cost. Just like the above two lists, there’s plenty to choose from here, and I’m sure you will find one that fits you well.
Care 2 is a friendly little site that has 19 mental health apps for you to take a look at. Each description gives a quick summary of the app and a link to learn more about that app. Care 2 does not break down whether there is a subscription fee, and they don’t seem to be based off of customer reviews or anything like that. But, it is still a list worth taking a look at.
Well, there they are. Four sites for you to peruse – and that’s plenty of apps to check out. I am sure there will be at least 1-2 apps that you will take a liking too. Let me know what you think of the sites. If you find an additional site, or additional information on this topic, I’d love to hear about it below.
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