Mental Health Apps For When You Need a Little More Extra Care

Mental health is no longer a taboo subject. When I was growing up, people didn’t talk about it. Everyone stuffed it down and hoped it wouldn’t come out at an inappropriate time. Thankfully, we’re sharing our struggles and seeking help. I’ve opened up in this blog many times about my own mental health battles.

There is help around every corner. Besides hotlines, there are a plethora of apps to help people who are struggling. Nothing can replace a face-to-face interaction with a therapist, but a little help is only a finger tap away.

(If you need immediate help, call the National Suicide Hotline at 988.)

Here are some apps to assist with your mental health needs.

Rootd: Rootd is an app that offers relief for panic attacks. Tips include mediation ideas, journaling suggestions, breathing exercise, and more.
Yana: Yana is a chatbox that helps users who are struggling with anxiety and depression through cognitive behavioral techniques.
Moodnotes: Moodnote is a habit tracker that helps identify what a user’s triggers are.
Headspace: Headspace is an all-encompassing app that helps users relax, meditate, find joy, and even assist with sleeping. There is a monthly charge.
Sanvello: Sanvello provides users a toolkit to help with anxiety and depression.
Meru Health: Meru provides therapist support for most mental health needs.
Happify: Happify helps those that struggle with intrusive thoughts by providing tools and programs to help people take control.
PTSD Coach: This app was created by the US Department of Veteran Affairs to help combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Spiral Up: Spiral Up is a neuroscience backed alternative to mindfulness, that helps users deal with anxiety and stress.
CBT-i Coach: This coaching app helps users with their sleep pattern while using cognitive behavioral therapy methods.
UCLA Mindful App: This app helps people searching for meditation suggestions.
Calm: Calm is a big hit at my house and used almost nightly. My kids and I all use Calm for sleep stories or peaceful sounds. The whale sound is the go-to.
The Mindfulness App: A nice app for anxious people. This app helps to refocus your mind.
Moodkit: Moodkit helps users with advice on mood-changing behavior. My favorite aspect of Moodkit are the “Thrive Tips,” which are suggestions to help you overcome negative thoughts and improve your daily life.
What’s Up: This app offers tips and suggestions on how to deal with depression and anxiety. There’s also a question section that can help pinpoint what a user is going through.
Talkspace: Talkspace helps patients get in touch with an online therapist.

For those struggling, you’re not alone. Help is available.

There are many more mental health apps to choose from. Are there any that you have found success with?

I’ve been open about my mental health journey. Here are some of my articles on the subject:
Living with anxiety
Feeling hopeless in 2023
Running for mental health reasons



Leave a Reply