Researching Mental Health Apps

After some thinking, I’ve decided that I want to choose mental health as my topic for my project. It’s an interesting topic that is important and I feel like a lot of people can relate to it.

What I mainly want to focus on is helping people with their mental health: breathing exercises, meditation, reliving panic attacks, thought diaries, etc.

Firstly I’ve started to look at mental health apps. Out of the three mediums I would like to work with (web/graphic/apps), apps seem to be the most suitable for this topic and what I want to accomplish with it.

From my research, it’s clear that a lot of meditation apps exist. Some of the most popular include Headspace (which I actually have on my own phone), Calm, Buddify, Omvana, and more. (http://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/top-meditation-iphone-android-apps#4) Some of these are free, others are paid & some are free initially but then you have to pay for a subscription to continue using them.

I noticed that when you search for “mental health apps” a lot of them are based on scheduling, i.e. an app that lets you insert your next appointments for your therapy sessions, but they don’t really have any features other than that. (Acuity Scheduling, Yellow Schedule – http://www.capterra.com/mental-health-software/)

Some apps, like Lantern, eCBT Calm and Depression CBT use CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) & advice from therapists to help people deal with their mental health.

Overall, what I have found from my research is that there are apps for each separate feature – one for meditation, one for CBT, one for appointment scheduling. But I haven’t found one where it combines all these features into one, and that’s what I feel my app should have.

 

References:

http://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/top-10-mental-health-apps/slideshow/2608/

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/01/16/top-10-mental-health-apps/

http://www.healthline.com/health/depression/top-iphone-android-apps#3

http://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/top-iphone-android-apps#6

https://www.bustle.com/articles/148874-5-apps-that-will-help-you-manage-panic-attacks

 

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