By Elizabeth Sukys-Rice, RCSWI
Smartphone technology has touched the lives of most of us living in most of the industrialized nations. There are lots of discussions on the benefits of having smartphone technology. One could argue that there are many sides to the argument, some positive some negative. The following are a few positive solution to help with improving our access to resources and tools related to emotional wellbeing. Enjoy the exploration, many more out there the following are just some highlights.
Code Blue is designed to provide teenagers struggling from depression or bullying with support when they need it. Users can choose several contacts to be part of their support group. With just a few taps, the app will alert the support group that the user needs immediate help. Members of the Code Blue
PTSD Coach is an app developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, intended for use by veterans, military personnel, and civilians experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. It provides a self-assessment tool that allows users to track symptoms over time (though it does not clinically diagnose PTSD) as well as tools for managing symptoms. Users can also store contacts for personal support, locate nearby treatment programs, and contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline quickly in emergencies.
Breathe2Relax is an app developed for stress management. It walks users through breathing exercises that help to reduce stress , stabilize mood, control anger, and manage anxiety. The app’s developers note that it can be used on its own to help reduce stress or in combination with other therapies.
Big White Wall
Big White Wall is a community application where people suffering from various mental illnesses can come together and talk about their problems with support from trained therapists. The app features discussion boards, reference articles, and self-assessment tests. Users can also register for online therapy programs. Big White Wall also lets users create a “brick,” which is a collage of pictures and images meant to encourage users to express themselves. The program focuses on anonymity as a way for members to feel fewer stigmas about sharing their problems.
SAM: Self Help for Anxiety Management
SAM is an app designed to help people manage their anxiety. Users can record their anxiety levels and identify different triggers. The app includes 25 self-help options to help users cope with the physical and mental symptoms of anxiety. Users can create a personalized anxiety toolkit, adding in the features of the app that they find most useful for easy access. The app also has a social cloud feature that allows users to anonymously share their experiences with other SAM users
Calm provides the structure and guidance necessary to facilitate a daily meditation practice and mindful awareness. Over 25 nature scenes and sounds are used to invoke relaxation. Users are encouraged to complete a meditation session every day to maximize the benefit of the program. Once 7 Days of Calm is finished, subscribers may complete 21 Days of Calm to deepen their practice, along with other multi-day series or guided meditations. At these higher levels, users may opt to increase the session time in intervals from 3 up to 30 minutes. The guided and unguided meditations can be completed at any time.
Information provided in this blog was provided by the resources available by visiting http://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/top-10-mental-health-apps/slideshow/2608/ & https://psyberguide.org/expert_opinion/calm-expert-review/