Self-Help Apps

Applications can address a variety of concerns and can be used to supplement the work you do in therapy or used to assist with self-improvement because, like we say, “You don’t have to be sick to get better!”

The apps are sorted by topic. Links are provided. For questions about the apps or to report non-working links, please email .

Applications we think you might like:

 

Applications 

Academic

My Class Schedule

My Class Schedule will not only keep you informed about your upcoming classes, but also reminds you of exams and unfinished homework.

MyHomework Student Planner

Beauty, simplicity and reliability - myHomework has a simple, well-designed interface, making it easy for anyone to use.

Addiction

Addicaid

The app list numerous 12-step programs and alternative support groups for the user to choose from. In addition, the app lists where groups meetings are being held, provides directions to the group meetings, saves the group meeting dates to the user’s calendar, and allows users to check into meetings.

IMquit

The app traces behaviors and allows users to compare and share their success with friends and physicians. A unique feature of the app is that it allows users to track more than one addiction at a time.

Recovery Box

The app provides information regarding why habits and addictions form and how to break the cycle, and allows for the user to track their activities using a light system. Users can send texts and emails directly from the app to their accountability partner or counselor.

 

Anxiety

 

Breathe2Relax

Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body's 'fight-or-flight' response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management.

 

Tactical Breather

The Tactical Breather app can be used to gain control over physiological and psychological responses to stress.

Depression

Depression CBT Self-Help Guide

The natural management of depression involves understanding depression and the factors that contribute to the symptoms. This app encourages learning to manage stress in your life and engage in self-care behaviors can improve your symptoms.

Cognitive Diary CBT

Irrational beliefs lead to many life problems such as stress, anxiety, anger, depression, conflict in relationships and other issues. Learn the methods shown in psychological research to be effective. These self-help methods use the tools of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to challenge irrational thinking.

Mental Health Tools

Big White Wall

Big White Wall is a phone application which allows people living with various mental illnesses to chat about their issues. In addition to chatting with other people who have similar mental illnesses, the application allows for individuals to chat and be supported by trained therapists. Some specific features of the app include a discussion board, self-assessment, and articles that provide information regarding various mental illnesses. A unique feature of the app is that it allows users to talk with one other anonymously, thus alleviating any stigma, and allows the users to share their problems more candidly. Another unique feature of the app is that it allows users to register for online therapy programs.

eMood Tracker

This app allows daily monitoring of the user's mood, sleep patterns, medication, and other symptoms of bipolar disorder. A unique feature of the app is that it emails a report to the user’s doctor or caregiver every month, which allows the provider to identify triggers and possibly prevent future episodes.

DBT Diary Card and Skills Coach

This app was designed by a licensed psychologist and includes the key principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). In addition, the app includes a skills coach and a unique feature that allows for behavior monitoring. These features are designed to help the user slow down and process their thoughts and feelings in that moment and apply the DBT skills.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness Trainer ($4.99)

Are you searching for less stress and more balance? Do you want to experience silence and clarity in yourself? This app offers 16 guided Mindfulness Meditations (5 hours of audio) and more. It will help you to practice Mindfulness wherever you are.

Headspace

Ever wanted to sleep better, feel calmer, focus more or just get some relief from that busy mind? Well it's probably time to get some headspace. Headspace is meditation made relevant to modern life. Get unique daily guided meditations, science facts and figures and progress reports, all designed to make it as easy as possible for you to get some calm and clarity.

Panic Attacks / Panic Disorder

ANXIETY IN ORDER

An application to help you in the moment of a panic attack. This tool uses breathing techniques and exercises to help you regain control and calm down quickly during a panic attack. If you recognize an panic attack is coming on, open the app and breathe along with the video. This app is offered only for Apple users.

PANIC

Learn about anxiety and panic attacks, and how to get through them through the app Panic. Available for both Apple and Android users for free.

STOP PANIC AND ANXIETY

Stop Panic and Anxiety is a free Android app that offers self-help methods to control panic and anxiety. The info in this app assumes that you are suffering from panic attacks due to Panic Disorder. It may not be applicable to other forms of anxiety. It focuses on the fear of having a panic attack and the fear of the sensations when having a panic.

PTSD

PTSD Coach

PTSD Coach was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs' National Center for PTSD in collaboration with T2. The goal was to develop a mobile app to assist veterans and active duty personnel and civilians who are experiencing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is intended to be used as an adjunct to psychological treatment, but can also serve as a stand-alone education tool.

Relaxation / Yoga

Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep

Want to relax for 10 minutes during the day at home or in office? Want to improve brain work? Or may be want to dream about beautiful nature landscapes? Increase concentration? Then choose from a list of 6 different good quality nature relaxing sounds (sounds of nature) which include thunder, ocean sounds, sea, birds sounds, rain, night in jungle, water sounds, waterfall, nature and start your personal audio therapy.

Relax Melodies: Sleep and Yoga

Select sounds and melodies that you like and combine them to create a mix. Adjust the volume of each sound individually for better results. Lay back, listen, and enjoy falling asleep. Use timers and alarms if needed. Perfect for exercising in your yoga or relaxation classes, massaging sessions, or even when taking a nap! Available for both Android and Apple Users.

Simply Yoga

Bring your own personal yoga instructor with you wherever you are using this app. Available for both Android and Apple users.

 

Self-Esteem

Self-Esteem Blackboard

This free Android app was developed by a clinical psychologist using the methods of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help improve self-esteem. This app may be for you if low self-esteem is affecting your relationships or preventing you from being successful at school. If you're unhappy with yourself, or having problems with anxiety or depression, this app may be for you.

I am.

This app offers daily affirmations to help build self-esteem, change negative thought patterns, and empower you to achieve your dreams. Available for Apple users. 

Suicide Prevention

A Friend Asks

A Friend Asks is a free smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Education is the key to prevention and with information like this as close as your smartphone, you could help save a life!

Operation Reach Out

Operation Reach Out is part of MCA-D’s effort to provide timely and effective support and guidance for military families. It's designed to:

  • Encourage people to reach out for help when they are having suicidal thoughts.
  • Help those who are concerned about family members, spouses, or fellow service members who may be suicidal.
  • Provide a personal contact help center.
  • Provide activities to help people who are depressed stay connected to others.

Note: This app contains many videos segments and may take up extra memory and time to download. Video must be downloaded while connected by wifi.

Violence Prevention

SafeSNAPP

This app is designed to act as a safety witness/self-defense tool. It allows users to take a picture of their assailant. Within seconds, the picture is sent to the user’s email address and the email address of a close friend or family member, along with the assailant’s GPS location. Although the app does not necessarily prevent attacks, it does help the user and the police conduct an investigation, providing the police with a good lead to go on.

Circle of 6

This app allows users to connect with six close friends and family members. The app has unique features such as sending different notifications to the user’s circle. The notifications range from requesting a safe ride to alerting the user’s circle that he/she is in a strange environment. In addition, the app allows the user to contact the local authorities if needed.