If you are looking for mental health apps for your phone, begin here!



My MedSchedule

Manage your meds and labs on the go, set reminders, and make it easier to communicate with your healthcare providers. 

This app allows you to keep track of all your medications, print schedules, keep a list of all your labs and vital signs, receive reminders by text or email, and refill reminders to help you reorder your prescriptions before they run out. Many many more features, with a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. 
Audience: Those on medications

Price: Free

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MoodTools
MoodTools is a self-help app targeting depression. It provides psychoeducation about risk factors and psychosocial approaches to treatment, a depression symptom questionnaire (PHQ-9), a thought diary, a suicide safety plan, and videos such as meditation guides.
Audience: Those with depression
Price: Free
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MindShift
Targeted to help adolescents, teens, and young adults gain insight into and basic skills to manage their symptoms of anxiety disorders, including GAD, social anxiety, specific phobias, and panic attacks. It’s also useful for managing worry, performance anxiety, test anxiety, and perfectionism. The skills taught may be applied to individuals with physical, emotional, cognitive, or behavioral manifestations of anxiety, providing users with more helpful, balanced ways of thinking about feared situations.
It does a terrific job of readily offering lists of active coping strategies tailored to the type of anxiety and a variety of methods to manage anxiety; the information and strategies are simple and clear. “Chill out” tools such as breathing exercises, mental imagery, and mindfulness strategies are provided in text and audio format. “Quick Tips” are included to assist with anxiety in the moment. Users can “favorite” the methods that work for them.  It is not helpful for people looking to track their symptoms and progress, those easily overwhelmed by many choices or those with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Audience: Those looking to manage their anxiety disorders, perfectionistic qualities, and intense worry.
Price: Free
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Breathe2Relax
A simple, intuitive, and attractive mobile app designed by the National Center for Telehealth & Technology to teach breathing techniques to manage stress. The skills taught may be applied to those with anxiety disorders, stress, and PTSD.
This app can be personalized to a pace that the user finds relaxing; includes a video demo, reading materials, and charts to map personal progress. Helpful for self-starters or those working with a therapist to include breathing techniques in their overall treatment.
Audience: Those dealing with anxiety, depression, and PTSD
Price: Free
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Headspace
Targeted for anyone who wants to learn meditation to reduce anxiety and stress and improve their attention and awareness; good for a beginner to establish a regular meditative routine. The skills taught include mindfulness and cognitive diffusion, breathing exercises, meditation practice, tips for increased relaxation, concentration; may be applied to anxiety and depressive disorders, PTSD, and OCD, especially in conjunction with a health provider.
This app does a terrific job of describing basic concepts with a creative animated interface, presenting meditation in a user-friendly way with clear instructions; creating an online forum; supplying podcasts; normalizing mind-wandering; and illustrating main points with videos.
This app is not intended as a treatment substitute for those with serious anxiety and related disorders or depression.
Audience: Those wanting to learn meditation to help with anxiety, depression, managing stress, improving sleep, and much more.
Price: Free for first 10 sessions only
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PTSD Coach
One of two self-help apps from the National Center for PTSD, this app is targeted to help individuals suffering from PTSD, as well as those simply interested in learning more about this disorder. The skills taught may be applied to individuals with mild to moderate versions of PTSD and for whom self-guided assessment and treatment might be sufficient. It is not recommended for PTSD sufferers who require one-to-one treatment, high-frequency direct clinical interface, or for those who have difficulty make safe decisions.
It does a terrific job of education, assessing PTSD, and offering easy to understand tips to manage common PTSD symptoms, and finding additional treatment resources with providers via a search function.
Audience: Anyone dealing with PTSD
Price: Free
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QuitNow Mobile App

Great motivation and support wherever you go, and the ability to track the money saved since quitting and the days added back to your life. 

Audience: Smokers in Nebraska

Price: Free

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Virtual Hope Box

Received the 2014 DOD Innovation Award. Great for holding tools for suicidal thinking. Has a section with meditation, relaxation, breathing exercises. The VHB provides help with emotional regulation and coping with stress via personalized supportive audio, video, pictures, games, mindfulness exercises, positive messages and activity planning, inspirational quotes, and coping statements. 

Audience: People with urges to self-harm, or with chronic suicidal ideation

Price: Free

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Mindfulness Coach

Mindfulness has been shown to be effective for reducing stress, improving emotional balance, increasing self-awareness, helping with anxiety and depression, and coping more effectively with chronic pain.
Audience: For those looking for strategies to reduce stress and coping with unpleasant thoughts and emotions. 

Price: Free

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Mood Coach

Learn and practice Behavioral Activation. This app is designed to help you boost your mood through participation in positive activities. You can make a plan with positive activities and track your progress.

Audience: Great for depression and PTSD.

Price: Free

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Moving Forward

Moving Forward provides on-the-go tools and teaches problem-solving skills to overcome obstacles and deal with stress. The app is designed for Veterans and service members but is useful for anyone with stressful problems. It is especially helpful in managing challenges such as returning to civilian life, balancing school and family life, financial difficulties, relationship problems, difficult career decisions, and coping with physical injuries. It may be used alone or in combination with the Moving Forward online course (www.startmovingforward.org). 

Audience: Veterans, or adults wanting to manage stressful situations.

Price: Free

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ACT Coach

Based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - a type of CBT, this helps increase psychological flexibility. It doesn't tell you to "stop" thinking about negative thoughts, but rather focus on living by your values even in the face of unpleasant experiences. Features six mindfulness exercises to practice the ACT core concepts of acceptance and willingness, tools to help identify personal values and to take concrete actions to live by them, and logs for keeping track of useful coping strategies and willingness to practice ACT skills

Audience: Anyone wanting to learn to tolerate negative thoughts, learn mindfulness, and learn coping strategies.

Price: Free

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Free Relaxing Sounds of Nature

Relaxing sounds have a way of helping us tune out the stress of the day. And when you suffer from anxiety and panic, the need for such relaxation is even more pressing. The Free Relaxing Sounds of Nature app features 25 soothing nature sounds, plus another 35 sounds that you can use to craft your own relaxation soundtrack. Use it as an alarm or to help you drift off at the end of the day. You can also use it whenever you feel your stress and anxiety levels rising.

Audience: Everyone

Price: Free

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CBTi Coach

 With CBT-i, patients are taught to recognize how their thoughts and sleep-related behaviors affect their sleep patterns. Patients are provided with education about how sleep works. They are also guided on how to adjust both their sleep routines and their approach to sleep in order to enhance sleep quality and duration. It features an interactive sleep diary for convenient daily logging of sleep habits, automatic calculation of the sleep prescription, with options for the therapist to adjust based on clinical judgment and patient progress, an assessment of insomnia severity, comprehensive educational materials about sleep, healthy sleep habits, barriers to sleep, and CBT-i therapy, dynamic tools to improve sleep, including relaxation exercises, and customizable reminders to alert the user when to prepare for bed, when to go to sleep, when to get out of bed, to record sleep habits, and to take sleep assessments.

Audience: People with insomnia, works best in conjunction with a therapist who can do CBTi with you.

Price: Free

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Panic Attacks?

This app will help you when you have panic or anxiety attacks. You'll find various ways to find relaxation through voice-guided relaxation sessions and other relaxing sounds. You will also get specific audio tips to deal with a panic attack or an anxiety attack. Excellent reviews. 

Audience: People who have panic attacks.

Price: Free

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Panic Relief

This app is targeted to help individuals with panic disorder access easy-to-use, empirically supported coping tools to better manage and move through panic attacks. The free version includes access to progressive muscle relaxation of the arm skill, while the upgrade allows access to the rest of the skills, including square breathing, diaphragmatic breathing, and progressive muscle relaxation.

Audience: Those with panic disorder who want to learn relaxation techniques.

Price: Free with a $0.99 upgrade version available

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Pacifica

Targeted to help those with anxiety and mood disorders and stress, this app teaches deep breathing, behavioral exercises, excises and identifying cognitive distortions (negative thinking patterns), and learning how to replace them with positive thinking patterns. It’s also good for those experiencing bouts of anxiety between treatment sessions. The app does a terrific job of personalizing one’s cause of anxiety using voice recordings, and introducing CBT and reinforcing exercises between therapist appointments. This app is designed to be used in conjunction with therapy, not as a substitute for professional treatment.

Audience: Those with negative thinking patterns.

Price: Free

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Live OCD Free

Designed for CBT treatment of OCD with different sections for children and adults. It includes standard and user-designed exposures, ERP (exposure response prevention) exercises; a cognitive toolkit, and ERP reminder, and an ERP guide with custom and standard ERPs. Another strength is the support of both direct and loop tape exposure (via microphone). The ERP module is almost entirely behavioral, without using possibly useful cognitive tools. Duration of ERP exercises is determined by time but not by a decrease in anxiety levels.

Audience: Adult and youth with OCD.

Price: Free

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Anxiety Coach by Mayo Clinic
Anxiety Coach is a self-help app that addresses fears and worries using CBT strategies. Anxiety Coach is a self-help app that addresses fears and worries using CBT strategies. The app walks you through making a list of feared activities and helps you master them, leading to less fear and worry. The app includes tools for a severity self-test, making a plan, anxiety tracking, and viewing your progress. Check it out on YouTube to learn more about this app and whether it might be helpful for you.
Audience: Those with social anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, specific fears, separation anxiety, panic attacks, trauma-related anxiety, and general worries.
Price: $4.99
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IntelliCare

IntelliCare is a suite of apps that work together to target common causes of depression and anxiety like sleep problems, social isolation, lack of activity, and obsessive thinking. Individual apps can be downloaded that focus on inspiration, helping with sleep, boosting your exercise in short bursts, purposeful meditations, personal guided worry-management techniques, helping with negative automatic thoughts, and more. These apps are part of a nationwide research study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Download individual apps or the whole IntelliCare suite from the Google Play Store.

Audience: Those with depression and/or anxiety.

Price: Free

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Step Away

This app helps those with alcohol use disorders become more aware of drinking patterns and triggers You can monitor your progress, learn ways of dealing with cravings and define high-risk times for drinking so that you can strategically prepare. Reward yourself when you meet your goals, and share your progress with others (family, friends, healthcare provider), if you like. 

Audience: People with alcohol use disorders.

Price: Free

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7 Minute Superhero Workout

Motion-tracking workout game that counts every rep and every calorie of 42 different exercises. Everything is counted toward your medals and achievements in order to go through epic missions. This is from the co-creators of Zombies, Run! & The Walk. 

Audience: Anyone, and especially for those that want to get motivated to exercise and those already exercising.

Price: $2.99

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SAM App

Helps users cope with common symptoms of anxiety. This was developed by psychologists and computer and engineering scientists at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), and has been in the top 100 Health and Fitness Apps in 85 countries as well as earning the 2016 Best Anxiety App from Healthline. You can monitor your anxiety levels and visualize an anxiety profile over time and apply self-help techniques via multimedia mini-games. 

Audience: Those with anxiety

Price: Free

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