Self-Help

Often people who have concerns will seek out counseling or talk with a parent, priest, clergyperson, or friend. Just as often, people will seek out information to help themselves. Research has shown that many people are highly satisfied by self-help information and have found that they have been able to improve their lives. Certainly, the self-help section in bookstores attest to that fact!

Mental Health Apps

Apps can be used to promote relaxation, build healthy habits, and better understand your mental health. While these are not substitutes for therapy, the apps below are ones you may find helpful.

Given that these are not maintained by Counseling & Psychological Services or the University of St. Thomas, this list is subject to change. Please follow the links to learn more about a particular app from its creator.

 

Relaxation & Stress Management

Simply Being – Guided Meditation

For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android

Costs $0.99

Provides sounds and music for relaxation and meditation, with an option of guided meditation by a calming female voice.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simply-being-guided-meditation/id347418999?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.meditationoasis.Relax1&hl=en

 

Relax Melodies

For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android

Free

Sleep or relaxation aid with 46 sounds to choose from and/or combine.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/relax-melodies-white-noise/id314498713?mt=8

http://www.ipnossoft.com/project/relax-melodies/

 

Transform Your Life: A Year of Awareness Practice by Cheri Huber

For iPhone or iPad

Free

Daily inspirational quotes and assignments focused on self-awareness and mindfulness.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/transform-your-life-year-awareness/id381788004?mt=8

 

Simply Yoga Free

For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android

Free

Guides the user through yoga exercises demonstrated by personal trainers.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simply-yoga-free/id413817051?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tinymission.dailyyogafree&hl=en

 

Yoga-pedia

For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android

Free

Can instruct user in over 100 yoga poses (short audio lesson and images).

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yoga-pedia/id494196459?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.themobileyogi.yogapedia&hl=en

 

Stress Check

For iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad

Free

Allows the user to track their stress levels over time and provides recommendations (e.g., specific ways of building coping skills).

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stress-check/id330049595?mt=8

 

Be Grounded lite

For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Free

Takes user through a mindfulness/deep breathing exercise.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/be-grounded/id528901539?mt=8

 

iZen Garden 2

For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Free

Allows user to simulate a Zen garden with different elements and sounds.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/izen-garden-2-portable-zen/id347232643?mt=8

 

Mood Management, Depression, or Anxiety

T2 Mood Tracker

For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android

Free

Allows the user to monitor and track their mood over time.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/t2-mood-tracker/id428373825?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.t2.vas&hl=en

 

Gratitude & Happiness: A Self-Help Journal for Thoughts & Mood Tracking

For iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad

Free

Allows users to record their mood and other life activities on a daily basis and track their progress.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gratitude-happiness-self-help/id400152780?mt=8

 

Optimism

For iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad

Free

Helps user keep a detailed record of their mood and areas that may affect their state of mind (e.g., exercise, medication, sleep).

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/optimism/id352262677?mt=8

 

EmoCube Social Diary

For Android

Free

Allows users to track their mood using emoticons.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.emocube&hl=en

 

Mood 24/7

Available on most cell phones; must be able to receive text messages

Free

Helps user to track their mood daily and chart progress.

https://www.mood247.com/

 

Worry Box

For Android

Free

User puts their worries “in the box” and answers brief questions about the worry (e.g., to describe it, say whether or not it’s important or controllable, etc.) Users can then either list the steps they can take to manage the worry or choose from a list of coping statements to help think about the worry differently.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.excelatlife.worrybox&hl=en

 

eCBT Calm

For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Costs $0.99

Helps assess the user’s level of stress and guides user through relaxation and coping skills.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ecbt-calm/id356997070?mt=8

 

eCBT Mood

For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Costs $0.99

Helps users to learn CBT principles and techniques and apply them daily by identifying & challenging thoughts, as well as monitoring their mood.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ecbt-mood/id324060472?mt=8

 

Cognitive Diary

For Android

Free

Helps user to learn CBT techniques that may help alleviate symptoms of anxiety or depression.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.excelatlife.cbtdiary&hl=en

 

Goal-Setting &Organizational Skills

Bloom* (search “mindbloom”)

For iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad

Free

Designed to provide reminders and encourage setting and accomplishing goals.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bloom*/id471389306?mt=8

 

Life Planner

For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Costs $1.99

Allows user to create daily schedules illustrated by pie charts.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/life-planner/id317431904?mt=8

 

Lift

For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Free

Helps users build healthy habits (e.g., self-care activities, exercise) by tracking how often the user engages in those activities

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lift/id530911645?mt=8

 

 

Substance Abuse

iPromises Recovery Companion

For iPhone or iPad

Free

12-step alcohol recovery application

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ipromises-recovery-companion/id375791277?mt=8

 

Quit Smoking

For Android

Free

Designed to help user reduce cigarette use.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.azati.quit&hl=en

 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD Coach

For iPhone, iPad, or Android

Free

Provides users with psychoeducation around PTSD, symptom reduction strategies, and recommendations for receiving support.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ptsd-coach/id430646302?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.va.ptsd.ptsdcoach&hl=en

 

Sleep

Sleep Cycle

For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Costs $0.99

Allows user to track their sleep depth and quality. Includes an alarm clock designed to wake the user during a period of light sleep.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sleep-cycle-alarm-clock/id320606217?mt=8

  

For Athletes or Performers

SportsPsych Performance Coach

For Android

Free

Helps users learn about sports psychology and how to improve their performance.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.excelatlife.sportpsych

Online Mental Health Screening

Concerned you might be struggling with depression, alcohol abuse, anxiety, or an eating disorder? Take an online screening and gain more information.

Or call (651) 962-6780 to set up an appointment to talk with a counselor.